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#1 Hum

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:50

Drinking diet beverages as part of a diet program might help you lose more weight than drinking water, a controversial new study reports. The new research, published Tuesday in the respected journal Obesity, has been criticized over its backing from the beverage industry. But the main finding — that diet drinks don’t sabotage weight-loss efforts — isn’t that surprising.

Researchers from the University of Colorado and Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education reported that people who consumed three or more diet drinks a week — not only soda but pre-mixed beverages with artificial sweeteners — as part of a structured weight-loss plan lost more weight over a three-month period compared to a group of dieters who drank only water.

People at two different sites, a total of 303 men and women, ages 21-65, participated in a 12-week randomized trial, meaning they were assigned to different groups to compare different treatments. The participants had a body mass index (BMI) ranging between 27 – 40 (considered overweight or obese).

The study compared self-reported water intake with self-reported water and diet drink intake. Both groups were free to consume foods containing low-calorie sweeteners.

The most unexpected observation was that the group consuming diet drinks lost nearly 30 percent more weight compared to the water-only group. The participants in the diet drink group reported a small decrease in weekly hunger.

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Posted 03 September 2014 - 07:59

Could diet soda be tricking the body? The body thinks it's getting energy from the diet soda so it's fine with starting to use more energy you have stored in your body. 



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:07

Just the thought of diet soda is enuff to make me lose my appetite. :x



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:09

Just the thought of diet soda is enuff to make me lose my appetite. :x

You have never tried Big Red Zero then....



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 08:56

Real science says no.

 

I'll wait for an impartial study before believing this.


Could diet soda be tricking the body? The body thinks it's getting energy from the diet soda so it's fine with starting to use more energy you have stored in your body. 

 

Could be possible.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:08

I'm very skeptical on this but I think what it's trying to say is, those that had "diet" drinks got the satisfaction of drinking a "sugary" drink so were less likely to give in to temptation of the foods they should be avoiding AKA... lack of will power.

 

I fight with my weight on a weekly basis so I completely understand (especially as sugary drinks are one of my problems) but I personally hate the taste of any of the diet drinks I've ever tried (obviously because I love the sugar!) so I wouldn't count on this being anything about diet drinks and more down to peoples will power.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:16

This isn't science, this is advertising.

 

The new research, published Tuesday in the respected journal Obesity, has been criticized over its backing from the beverage industry.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:25

This isn't science, this is advertising.

 

Wouldn't suprise me if there were a few free cases of diet <insert random soda company> now floating around Obesity



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:31

This runs contrary to many other studies lately that say that diet soda's make you gain weight.



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:15

Not sure how you can call this science when the calorie intake of the participance and their calorie expenditure was not measured. Reminds me of the McDonalds study where a man eating only a BigMac and fries a day yet running for an hour lost weight.......



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 10:15

this is false i gained weight while i was drinking diet soda 2 to 3 cans a day. after 2 months of not losing any weight, i said what the $%&# and stopped drinking diet soda,

i found out that artificial sweeteners make you gain weight & retain water weight,  i'm better off drinking a can a day of reg mountain dew, dr pepper or coke then that

diet crap

 

 

btw i did end up losing 10 pounds since aug 1st when i stopped drinking diet soda



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 12:40

^ What did you replace it with? Water? Or something else?



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 13:02

Just the thought of diet soda is enuff to make me lose my appetite. :x

Yeah, how dare people be responsible in what they drink.  :rolleyes:



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 13:10

^ What did you replace it with? Water? Or something else?

 

i was also drinking water & watched what i ate



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Posted 03 September 2014 - 13:11

What complete lie and advertising in a magazine designed to help people (despicable)

Self reported intakes, no other ways to control