So you’ve replaced your carbonated drinks with nifty diet versions, you’re eating your daily dose of greens and proteins, and you’re back on track with that New Year’s resolution to hit the gym four times a week…but don’t think you’re scot-free. According to researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, diet soda ain’t gonna cut it. A national study that examined 6,000 middle-aged men and women found that consuming diet soda in large quantities definitely leads to some bad stuff. Study participants who drank one or more diet sodas each day had a 50% increased risk of getting metabolic syndrome, which is a fancy term for tons of risk factors, like increased weight around your belly, high blood pressure, and other symptoms that may lead to heart disease or stroke. Scientists don’t quite know how diet soda contributes to this, but they think the sweet taste might lead consumers to eat sweet foods too. All the same, the jury’s still out on the ramifications of keeping diet soda in your diet, as (surprise, surprise) there are a bunch of other factors that probably need to be considered.