Feel Free To Enjoy Sugar Free

A couple of studies have suggested that low- and zero-calorie sweeteners can trick your brain into triggering the release of hunger hormones, leading to overeating and weight gain. A new study published in the journal Appetite found that people who use these sugar substitutes don't necessarily overcompensate by consuming extra calories.

A group of both lean and obese subjects enjoyed a stevia, sucrolose or aspartame-sweetened snack about 20 minutes before sitting down to a meal. None compensated by consuming more calories, even though they were encouraged to eat as much as they wanted. All reported about the same level of satiety.

True Strength Moment: The whole point of using a low or zero calorie sweetener is to enjoy the sensation of sweetness without the extra calories of sugar. It's good to know that drinking your favorite soft drinks, teas and sports beverages probably isn't going to trigger mindless gluttony. Of course, your fit, healthy lifestyle wouldn't let that happen anyway.
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