The diet food industry could be putting flab on your six pack abs!  It doesn’t matter what ab workout routine you have, if you have flab or love handles, who is going to see a sexy flat stomach?!

If you have been watching your weight for any length of time, there is probably a great chance you have been eating or drinking something with an artificial sweetener.  The idea sounds great.  Take the sugar out and substitute it with a lower calorie sweetener.  Instead of drinking a full strength, old fashioned Coca Cola with 140 calories, you buy 12 packs of Diet Coke with less than a handful of calories.  What a great way to lose weight, right?  WRONG!

Aspartame – commonly known as Nutra Sweet, Equal, etc., does more harm than good.  It prevents your brain from sensing when you’ve eaten too much.  It actually makes you hungrier.  That’s why so many people can drink several cans of diet soda in one sitting.  Instead of helping you stick to a healthy eating regimine, it makes you crave junk and sugary sweets.

It is an incomplete amino acid and really messes with your digestive system.  It causes you to store more of the food you eat as fat as it is so hard to break down.

Some people are more sensitive to the immediate negative effects of artificial sweeteners, but some documented adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame are:

  • headaches and/or migraines
  • dizzyness
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • shortness of breathe
  • nausea
  • hives
  • tinnitus – ringing in ears
  • confustion
  • memory loss
  • epileptic seizures
  • decreased tears
  • gradual weight gain
  • hyperactivity in children
  • etc.

There are other adverse reactions that are really scary.  Do a Google search for “negative side effects of aspartame” and see for yourself.

Another really harmful thing that can happen to us when we ingest artificial sweeteners is it can cause a hypoactive thyroid.  When this happens, your metabolism slows down!  If we want to show off our six pack abs, we can’t afford to have a slowed metabolism.  We need every bullet in our weapon in our battle against the bulge.

If you have eaten or drank a lot of foods with aspartame as an ingredient, it may not be a bad idea to see a naturopath to see if you have an unhealthy build up of it in your system.  You may need to do a detox, among other things, to help your body rid itself of this harmful substance.

What you can do in the meantime is stop putting artificial sweeteners in your body.  Drink lots of water.  If you have access to a sauna, spend time trying to sweat it out.  Eat lots of raw foods.  And of course, EXERCISE!  This will help move it through your system more quickly.

The diet food industry is a multi billion dollar industry.  They are more concerned about returning profits to their shareholders and CEO bonuses than they than they are about your health.  They are not going to tell you their product is bad for you.  Check out these articles to find out more:

I rarely ever ingest aspartame, or any other artificial sweetener by choice.  And I can tell you from my own experience, on the rare occasion I drink something with it, I get a headache almost immediately. 

If you need an alternative sweetener for cooking, use Stevia.  It is an all-natural sweetener without serious side effects.  A little is all you need.

So be careful what you are eating and drinking.  Pay attention to the ingredients.  Be vigilent and see the benefits around your waist and for the rest of your body.

To your Health and Success!