As I’m pulling back the curtain on my daily meals, it may seem like I consume artificial sweeteners every day. And between sugar free syrup, sugar free pudding mix, protein powder and diet soda’s, I probably DO consume them every day.
With this evidence against me, a question came to me on Instagram today from a follower who asked if artificial sweeteners affect weight loss?
While I can certainly find scientific evidence on BOTH sides of this question, I wanted to answer it instead with my personal experience. And that is, if anything, artificial sweeteners have made it SO much easier for me to lose weight!
Being in a calorie deficit has never been easier to follow in my ENTIRE life. I can’t imagine the hundreds of calories I’m saving every day by using a sugar free syrup, adding sugar free jam to my yogurt (or sugar free pudding mix with yogurt), and having sugar free drinks.
I was able to get in the best shape of my life consuming artificial sugars.
I’m in NO way saying these are a health food, or good for you. In fact, I don’t know what kind of long term affects they’ll have. But, I know I’ve never felt better in my life, and I’m almost 50 years old! I think the pro’s of losing weight, outweigh the risk of consuming artificial sugars.
So, onto my artificially sweetened full day of eating! (get all my meals on Bikini prep 2023 here!)
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1283 calories, 139 g protein, 140 g carbs, 26 g fat
𝐁𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐊𝐅𝐀𝐒𝐓: Bringing back the protein waffle! I used 1 scoop optimum nutrition vanilla protein powder, 1/2 cup egg whites and tried using some sugar free caramel skinny syrup in the mix for flavoring it! Also, maple syrup on top. (get the waffle recipe here)
𝐋𝐔𝐍𝐂𝐇: Classic sandwich, but didn’t have any low calorie bread. So, a lot of the calories here are from a sunflower Grandma sycamore loaf (super tasty), but I added turkey lunch meat and light mayo- with frozen California veggie mix.
𝐒𝐍𝐀𝐂𝐊: Plain yogurt with sugar free raspberry jam mixed in (and not pictured, another Built Bar– but it was my last one of the flavors I like, and I’m not sure when I’ll buy some more…
𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐍𝐄𝐑: DELICIOUS! Ground turkey with spaghetti sauce, a baked sweet potato, and canned green beans! And parmesan cheese on top- WHICH, I forgot to track! So true calories is at least 50 calories more. Those sneaky calories can really add up, and it’s easy to forget to track EVERYTHING.