Losing weight is like the dark arts, there's so much information out there it's hard to separate the real from the unreal, but there's one thing we can trust and that's science. For years we've all been told that a low-calorie, sugar-free diet combined with exercise would help shift any excess baggage we're carrying around but now a study says to hold on subbing in the low-cal artificially-sweetened drinks and eats because artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain.

The study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that from a comprehensive list of seven trials and 30 studies "consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners was associated with a modest increase in BMI (body mass index)... consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners was associated with increases in weight and waist circumference, and higher incidence of obesity, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular events." The study's authors interpreted this to mean, "...that routine intake of nonnuntritive sweeteners may be associated with increased BMI and cardiometabolic risk." Which in laymans terms translates to artificial sweeteners make the scales go up and are bad for our heart health. So long Diet Coke...

This could be the ONE reason the scales keep rising