Welcome News on the Beverage Front: Non-Sugar Sweeteners Help With Long-Term Weight Control

Low calorie-sweeteners increase

Sep 7, 2009

Here's a sweet bit of news: Drinking sugar-free beverages sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners increases "dietary restraint," the ability of people to maintain long-term weight loss.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity says that the consumption of such beverages, along with portion control, exercise, and diet, can be an important component of weight control strategy among a group it calls "WLM"-weight loss maintainers.

Researchers tracked the caloric intake of 300 WLM, monitoring calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat, as well as beverages. Their findings confirmed results from a 2002 study that found that consumers of beverages with sugar substitutes had significantly greater weight loss than people who did not consume sugar substitutes. 

Despite extolling sugar-free beverages for their beneficial effect in maintaining weight loss, the study cautioned against seeing them as a "magic bullet" or a substitute for other actions necessary for weight loss. Still, the beverages do assist people in their weight-loss efforts by satisfying their desire for something sweet while reducing their caloric intake. 

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Posted by Anonymous on 15 September 2009

You mean that consuming less sugar helps you loose weight? This is incredible news! I'm sure nobody knew this before. I'm so glad my tax dollars are spent on these incredible studies. I can already imagine the next study, "Consumers of lettuce had significantly greater weight loss than people who did not consume lettuce but opted for cheesecake instead".

Posted by Anonymous on 16 September 2009

The previous commentator took the words right out of my mouth. What a waste!

Posted by robvdvelden on 16 September 2009

I agree: wow!

Posted by DAR on 16 September 2009

I appreciate the sarcasm, but this study confirms what many of us already know: drinking diet soda does NOT cause us to gain weight as some other studies claim.

Posted by Anonymous on 5 October 2009

Diabetics need to be careful with the little packets on restaurant tables. Grabbing what looks familiar can get you in trouble. A lot of the pink and blue packets out there are nl longer what you think they are, read them. They are now just Dextrose, we all know that "sugar-free" can be just a big lie, so read and be careful.

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