According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 60% of adults drink an average of 300 calories a day from sugar-sweetened beverages. What if we were to replace these calories with water or other non-caloric beverage? Would that result in a significant weight loss – or would we make up the calories elsewhere?
A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, examined this with a group of overwieght and obese adults. More than 300 adults were divided into three groups. Two groups replaced 200 calories or more with a non-caloric beverage – one with water and the other group with a diet beverage. The other group made dietary changes of their choosing to decrease the calories.
After six months, those in the non-caloric beverage groups both lost weight while the remaining group gained weight. Interestingly, the diet beverage group lost 2.5% of their body weight while the water group lost 2.03%. The lead researcher remarked that this is likely the result of better adherance to drink replacement compared with the water group.