Staying lean and mean can become more challenging every year. Your weight can tick up despite training many miles in the pool or open water.
Here are five secrets that’ll keep you lean and mean, ones that have worked for dozens of my personal training clients. (If you want 20 more, check out my book Fitter Than Ever at 50 and Beyond.)
Ditch Artificial Sweeteners
Consuming foods and beverages with artificial sweeteners might seem like the perfect way to kick your weight loss plan into high gear. But research shows that people who consume artificial sweeteners tend to weigh more than those who turn their noses up at them.
Aspartame is purportedly 200 times as sweet as sugar, meaning you could use a much smaller quantity and still be satisfied, which once again sounds good, but isn’t so great when you dig deeper.
Many studies show that rats and people consuming artificial sweeteners ate up to four times as much as rats and people eating only foods sweetened with regular sugar. It appears that consuming artificial sweeteners interferes with the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake.
A study following thousands of residents of San Antonio for 10 years found those who drank more than 21 servings of diet drinks a week were at twice the risk of becoming overweight or obese, and the more diet soda people drank, the greater the risk.
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