Diabetes Forecast

Study Shows Diet Drinks Help With Weight Loss

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Trying to lose pounds? Artificially sweetened beverages may help more than water, a new study found. Researchers enrolled about 300 participants in a behavioral weight loss program. All regularly consumed diet drinks before the study started. Half were randomly assigned to a group that was told to drink at least 24 ounces of diet drinks a day, while the other group was told to drink the same amount of water but no diet drinks. Both groups were told not to drink sugary beverages. After 12 weeks, the diet drink group had lost an average of 13 pounds, compared with 9 pounds for the water group. There was no difference in exercise between the two groups, but those drinking the diet beverages did report feeling less hungry.
Source: Obesity, June 2014 (Note: Study was funded by the American Beverage Association.)



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