Many people trying to lose weight cut out “real” sugar for an artificial sugar believing it will reduce their calorie consumption and help them lose weight.  Research is showing that’s not the case.  Their has been found a strong connection between artificial sweetners and weight gain.   According to the journal of  Behavioral Neuroscience,”The data clearly indicated that consuming a food sweetened with no-calorie saccharin can lead to greater body-weight gain and adiposity [fat] than would consuming the same food sweetened with a higher-calorie sugar.”  So when given the choice chose “pure” over artificial, cut back on diet sodas, and replace your diet drinks with water.