Diet Soda makes you fat

OR, This is a chance to see how the HUMAN species reacts to change

When Dr. Richards and I wrote “The Revelation” we mostly got along great – that is – until I described how evolution worked in the Revelation math system. At that exact moment, Dr. Richards blew a fuse; he was not prepared to put his name on a book that challenged Darwin.

The beef was a dispute about how evolution worked at the base level, Revelation math outlines a mix of Lamarckian and Darwinism working together in all living things, something Darwin himself was happy with, but his believers (after his death), have refused to accept.

Since the book was published in 2009, a number of scientific studies have backed up Revelation math — but this piece below is a classic.

Why? Because Dr. Richards and I theorized, based on our interpretation of this math, that low calorie or no-calorie drinks that TASTE sweet, would actually cause obesity.

I’ll let the results and conclusions from a new, well done scientific study that additionally illustrates our point, speak for itself.


Low-calorie sweetener use for weight control has come under increasing scrutiny as obesity, especially abdominal obesity, remain entrenched despite substantial low-calorie sweetener use. We evaluated whether chronic low-calorie sweetener use is a risk factor for abdominal obesity.

Participants and Methods

We used 8268 anthropometric measurements and 3096 food diary records with detailed information on low-calorie sweetener consumption in all food products, from 1454 participants (741 men, 713 women) in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging collected from 1984 to 2012 with median follow-up of 10 years (range: 0–28 years). At baseline, 785 were low-calorie sweetener non-users (51.7% men) and 669 participants were low-calorie sweetener users (50.1% men). Time-varying low-calorie sweetener use was operationalized as the proportion of visits since baseline at which low-calorie sweetener use was reported. We used marginal structural models to determine the association between baseline and time-varying low-calorie sweetener use with longitudinal outcomes—body mass index, waist circumference, obesity and abdominal obesity—with outcome status assessed at the visit following low-calorie sweetener ascertainment to minimize the potential for reverse causality. All models were adjusted for year of visit, age, sex, age by sex interaction, race, current smoking status, dietary intake (caffeine, fructose, protein, carbohydrate, and fat), physical activity, diabetes status, and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension score as confounders.


With median follow-up of 10 years, low-calorie sweetener users had 0.80 kg/m2 higher body mass index (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.17–1.44), 2.6 cm larger waist circumference (95% CI, 0.71–4.39), 36.7% higher prevalence (prevalence ratio = 1.37; 95% CI, 1.10–1.69) and 53% higher incidence (hazard ratio = 1.53; 95% CI 1.10–2.12) of abdominal obesity than low-calorie sweetener non-users.


Low-calorie sweetener use is independently associated with heavier relative weight, a larger waist, and a higher prevalence and incidence of abdominal obesity suggesting that low-calorie sweetener use may not be an effective means of weight control.


About karlspain

20 year Newspaperman. Lifelong Inventor. Wrote 2 books so far, working on more. The Revelation, 1st book, about your brain & the universe, and math. Hooked together! God I trust, America I love, 2nd book, is the biography of Aris Mardirossian, a great man. Also owned a software company, an IT integration company, a gas station and a fuzzy logic software title along the way.
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One Response to Diet Soda makes you fat

  1. mark richards says:

    The problem with this study, is that it does not prove the conclusion, but merely suggests it is a possibility if one were to believe that the participants were telling the truth. These are humans, not lab rats in whom you can control the diet.

    As we point out in our book, Humans lie. They lie frequently, regardless of education or socioeconomic status. In fact over 75% of peer reviewed science articles in biomedical journals are FALSE! Their authors lied, or their methods were flawed.This is an accepted finding by the head of NIH, the National Academy of Sciences, the head of research at Bayer and Amgen corporations, and the emeritus chair of bio-statistics at Stanford, among many others who research validity in science publications. Additionally, epidemiology studies (of which this is one) have over a 85% of reaching the incorrect conclusion.

    While I have learned (thanks to Karl) that Lamarck’s work has some valid observational points as noted by Darwin, some of his theories are just plain wrong. w
    When something tastes sweet, you do not get fat. If this study was done in a controlled environment (thereby necessarily in rats or chimps or pigs), those groups with lower calories regardless of “sweetness taste” will lose weight and have lower diabetes and obesity risks. Simply put, matter cannot be created out of nothing. Since calories are a measurement of energy, one cannot build fat and mass out of zero calorie sweeteners.

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