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Beverage consumption bigger factor in weight loss: Study

Desperate to shed flab? A new study says that beverage consumption is actually a bigger factor when it comes to weight loss.

Written by Agencies | Washington |
April 3, 2009 12:56:27 pm

Desperate to shed flab? Well,keep a tab on what you drink rather than what you eat,for a new study says that beverage consumption is actually a bigger factor when it comes to weight loss.

Researchers in the US have found that weight loss is positively associated with a reduction in the intake of liquid calorie consumption and it has a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake.

“Both liquid and solid calories were associated with weight change,however,only a reduction in liquid calorie intake was shown to significantly affect weight loss during the six-month study,” lead researcher Benjamin Caballero of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said.

In their study,the researchers analysed data of 810 adults,aged 25-79 years old,who participated in an 18-month randomised and controlled experiment.

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They measured participants’ weight and height using a calibrated scale and a wall-mounted stadiometre at both 6 and 18 months. Dietary intake was measured by conducting 24-hour dietary recall interviews by telephone.

And,the researchers divided beverages into several categories based on calorie content and nutritional contents for the study.

For example,composition sugar-sweetened beverages (regular soft drinks,fruit drinks,fruit punch,or high- calorie beverages sweetened with sugar),diet drinks (diet soda and other “diet” drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners) and milk.

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📣 The above article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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