Worst Health Habits - How to Deal with Your Worst Health Habits
Just how bad is it to eat a whole bag of chips in one sitting? Or sip more than one glass of wine a day? Here, a ranking of the things we do when we think no one's looking and how to stop.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
The good news is that artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and sucralose) found in "diet" or "light" soft drinks won't give you cancer. But large-scale studies indicate that they can lead to weight gain. Increasing evidence suggests that fake sugars activate the brain's reward pathways differently than natural sugars do. As a result, you don't feel as satisfied—and your appetite actually increases.
Switch to juice—or better yet, develop a water habit. If you must drink soda, have a regular and dilute it with seltzer.