Study says diet drinks do help you lose weight

Diet beverages. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Diet beverages. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

DENVER, Colo. (WDTN) – A new study blows the idea that diet drinks make you gain weight out of the water.

The study is published in Obesity, the journal of The Obesity Society.

“This study clearly demonstrates that diet beverages can in fact help people lose weight, directly countering myths in recent years that suggest the opposite effect, weight gain,” said James O. Hill, Ph.D., executive director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and a co-author of the study. “In fact, those who drank diet beverages lost more weight and reported feeling significantly less hungry than those who drank water alone. This reinforces that if you’re trying to shed pounds, you can enjoy diet beverages.”

The 12-week clinical study included 303 participants comparing the effects of weight loss while drinking just water versus drinking diet beverages.

It found that people who drank diet beverages lost an average of 13 pounds compared to the control group which lost only 9 pounds while drinking water.

The diet drinkers also experienced less hunger pains, showed more improvement in cholesterol levels, more reduction in waist circumfernece and lower blood pressure.

The study’s overall finding is that diet beverages do not fuel a desire for sweet foods and drinks and therefore diet drinkers can lose weight.

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