This Is Why You Can't Drink Diet Drinks If You're Doing Intermittent Fasting

Calorie content: Though technically calorie-free, some argue that even the minimal calories in diet soda can trigger an insulin response, breaking your fast and potentially hindering fat burning.

Artificial sweeteners: Studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may negatively impact gut health, disrupt the body's natural metabolic processes, and even contribute to weight gain in the long term.

Cravings and appetite stimulation: Some research suggests that artificial sweeteners can trigger cravings and increase appetite, leading to overconsumption during your eating window.

Interfering with autophagy: Autophagy is a cellular process that cleanses and repairs your body, and it's one of the potential benefits of IF. Some believe that artificial sweeteners might interfere with this process.


Zero calories: As long as you choose a diet soda with truly zero calories, it technically won't break your fast.

Hydration: During fasting, staying hydrated is crucial. Diet soda can contribute to your fluid intake without adding calories.

Mental benefits: The fizz and sweetness of diet soda can provide a psychological boost and help you stick to your fasting schedule.

Appetite control: For some people, diet soda can help control hunger pangs and cravings during the fasting window.


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