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http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/05/27/cu-study-diet-beverages-better-for-losing-weight-than-water/

by Kathy Walsh
May 27, 2014

Drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight. In fact, it does a better job than water. That’s the conclusion of a groundbreaking study from University of Colorado researchers.

CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh first reported about the study when it started nearly two years ago, and now it’s got a surprising result. It’s good news for diet soda lovers who also want to drop some pounds.

This study counters the idea that diet drinks stimulate hunger. In fact, it suggests they can play an important role in weight loss as CU researchers concluded drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight.

“What we found, surprisingly, was that diet beverages actually performed better than water,” Dr. Jon Peters of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center said.

Walsh first reported on the CU study in December 2012 when Kristi Norton was enrolled. She and about 300 others followed a diet and exercise program, but they were divided into two groups — half could drink zero-calorie beverages while the others strictly water. Norton was in the water only group.

The theory was that both groups should lose the same amount of weight since all of the drinks were calorie free. Surprisingly, that wasn’t what happened. The study found those who drank the diet beverages lost an average of 13 pounds in 12 weeks. The water drinkers lost an average of 9 pounds.

The diet drink group felt less hungry and showed greater improvement in “bad” cholesterol.

“Perhaps it helps people not have to give up that little bit of pleasure in their life when they’re otherwise trying to restrict their calories,” Peters said.

But Peters says it’s not healthy to drink a Big Gulp a day to keep the pounds away, however it does counter the notion that diet sodas stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity.

“I’d say diet sodas can be an effective tool in a weight loss program,” Peters said.

Norton said she lost 12 pounds — 3 pounds above the average, which proves there’s an over achiever in every group.

The study was funded by the American Beverage Association, but researchers were quick to point out none of its members were involved.

The takeaway is that willpower is limited because a person is already being denied calories. The finding is people don’t have to also kick the diet soda habit to drop weight.
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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 10:42:59 PM »
essentially meaningless unless the authors can provide a causal mechanism.

Here's one question that occurs to me:  did they control for the caffeine content of the diet sodas, or for any other diuretic properties of diet sodas?  At least some of the measured difference could be due to the diet soda drinkers having less water in their bodies because of the diuretic effects of those sodas.

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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 09:15:16 AM »
Who funded the study?

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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 05:24:28 PM »
Who funded the study?



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The study was funded by the American Beverage Association


any surprises there?

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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 05:34:16 PM »
As a dietary strategy I drink only "no" or "low" calorie beverages. Mostly colas, fruit drinks and coffee without sugar. Done this since 1982, and since 1994 without beer, too.

A 12 oz. can of regular cola is 150 calories, or about 1.5 miles of running or walking.

Avoiding 150 calories per day for 365 days per year is equal to nearly 16 pounds of bodyweight.

That is why I call it a dietary strategy, in this age of FatAmerica.

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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 05:44:41 PM »
As a dietary strategy I drink only "no" or "low" calorie beverages. Mostly colas, fruit drinks and coffee without sugar. Done this since 1982, and since 1994 without beer, too.

A 12 oz. can of regular cola is 150 calories, or about 1.5 miles of running or walking.

Avoiding 150 calories per day for 365 days per year is equal to nearly 16 pounds of bodyweight.

That is why I call it a dietary strategy, in this age of FatAmerica.



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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 06:00:34 PM »


any surprises there?
I do note, though, that the ABA members also sell bottled water.
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Re: CU Study: Diet Beverages Better For Losing Weight Than Water
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2014, 06:07:12 PM »
I do note, though, that the ABA members also sell bottled water.


:silly:


Perhaps the ultimate target is intended to be plain old tap-water - the free sort they don't get to charge anyone for?


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