Diet Drinks May Lead to Overeating
Think diet soda will help you slim down? Not necessarily. Using data on nearly 24,000 adults, researchers looked at the link between diet-beverage consumption and body weight. Normal-weight participants who drank diet beverages consumed fewer calories from food than those who guzzled sugary drinks. But among overweight and obese adults, those who drank diet drinks canceled out calorie savings by eating more calories from food compared with those who drank sugary drinks. The bottom line: Opting for diet drinks is a good first step, but focus on healthful eating, too.
Source: American Journal of Public Health, published online Jan. 16, 2014