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Having A Soda With That Burger is Dangerous

Drinking a soda with your fried chicken or burger can really spark your body to add on more pounds, a new study in the journal BMC Nutrition suggests.

Soda & Hamburger

Sweetened drinks combined with high protein meals decreases the fat burning process, according to study. Photo by Pinterest

Adults who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who had a sugar-free drink, laboratory tests discovered.

For the study, 27 healthy weight adults were put in a sealed laboratory that tracked how much oxygen was inhaled and carbon dioxide was exhaled. Samples of urine was collected as well.

Participants spent two days in the lab. One day they consumed two meals containing 15 percent protein, and on the other day they ate two meals with 30 percent protein.

“If we are adding extra carbohydrates on top of what’s already in a meal, that will definitely have an effect on the body being able to use fat as an energy source, and it will more than likely go into energy storage,” said lead researcher Shanon Casperson. She’s a research biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This makes perfect sense because if you consume too much carbs, your body automatically use it as storage instead of burning it off right away.

Food contains three major types of nutrients — carbohydrates, fats and protein. Casperson and her team wanted to see how extra carbs in the form of a sugary drink would affect metabolism of fats and proteins.

The study found that sugar-sweetened drinks decreased fat oxidation by 8 percent. Fat oxidation is the process that jumpstarts the breakdown of fat molecules.

Also, the sweetened drink consumed with a 15 percent protein meal reduced fat oxidation by an average 7.2 grams, while the same sugary drink with a 30 percent protein meal reduced fat oxidation by 12.6 grams.

I believe that the extra carbs from soda may reduce the body’s need to process dietary fat for energy. The fat that is not burned is then distributed to other areas of the body such as the belly and hips.

Although this is a small study, it just sheds light on how dangerous it is to combine sugary drinks with high protein meals. This will definitely encourage weight gain and slow down the fat burning process. More research still needs to be done to find out why adding extra protein to a meal affects the fat burning process. Until then, I would definitely stay away from sweetened drinks combined with high protein meals to aid weight loss.

Source: Shanon Casperson, Ph.D., research biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Erika Renick, R.D., bariatric dietitian, Comprehensive Weight Loss Center, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City; BMC Nutrition, July 20, 2017

Leeeman Taylor
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Coca-Cola’s Funded Research Says Exercise is Better for Fat Loss

Eating less has always been more important than exercising for weight loss, but according to Coca-Cola’s new funded research, dieting is not the answer.

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Coca-Cola funds research group that says exercise is better for weight loss. Photo by Red Garage Ventures

Coca-Cola has funded over a million dollars to a new research organization claiming that exercise is the key factor to preventing obesity rather than reducing calories. However, research says cutting calories is the key player in fat loss and physical activity burns fewer calories and takes more time. Through my experience, eating less helps me lose weight faster but exercising keeps the weight off and tones me up.

“Diet is far more important for losing weight but in the long run, regular workouts are critical to keeping the weight off and staying fit”, says Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas and the executive director of the Fitness Institute of Texas.

According to the New York Times, Steven Blair, a member of Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), says that “blaming fast food” and sugary drinks as the cause of the obesity crisis is not the answer. This research group says that maintaining an active lifestyle and eating more calories is the key to preventing weight gain. Now that is absolutely ridiculous! Coke has just paid GEBN 1.5 million dollars to promote foolishness about weight loss!

I do agree that people who have lost weight and kept if off do exercise on a regular basis so it does make sense in that matter. However, research shows that diet plays a bigger role than exercise when you look at the bigger picture. Even if you are physically active on a daily basis but eat unhealthy, you can still develop serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. In reality I think this entire Coca-Cola research campaign is just a front for the declining soda sales. They want to confuse the media and people struggling with weight loss with unreliable science.

Although exercise has its benefits such as muscle growth, stress relief and a faster metabolism, you will need a proper diet to lose weight effectively. From experience, I know sodas and other sugary drinks are not the answer to fat loss but reducing calories works much better and it’s easier. Ignore Coca-Cola’s new research group claims about just exercising to shed pounds and find a diet plan that works for you to lose weight properly and keep it off.

Leeman Taylor
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marketer

Source: O’Connor, A. “Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away from Diets” The New York Times 9 Aug. 2015 http://well.blogs.nytimes.com