The 3-Step Plan to Lose Your Diet Soda Belly

To get rid of your diet soda belly, give this 3-step plan from Dr. Mike Dow a try!

The 3-Step Plan to Lose Your Diet Soda Belly

If you drink multiple cans of diet soda on a regular basis, you’re likely familiar with the “diet soda belly” phenomenon, where extra fat accumulates around your waist. Studies have shown that ironically, diet soda can cause weight gain, due in part to the artificial sweeteners which can trigger additional sugar intake. But if you’re addicted to diet soda, it can be difficult to stop drinking it. Find out how to cut back on your diet soda habit without going cold turkey with this plan from Dr. Mike Dow.

Watch: The Link Between Diet Soda and Belly Fat

Step 1: Drink Less Diet Soda

The simplest way to reduce the effects of diet soda and weight gain is to drink less of it. Gradually reducing your consumption will ease withdrawal symptoms and help you stick to the plan. If you normally drink five cans of diet soda a day, start drinking four cans tomorrow. On the following day, drink only three cans, and then on the third day, limit yourself to two. Finally on the fourth day, stick to only one can of diet soda for the entire day. Because you’re drinking fewer cans, you’ll want to fill the void with replacement drinks, so try swapping one of your cans with an alternative beverage like sparkling water with lime or a carbonated black cherry seltzer.

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