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    Women lose more weight with Nutrasweet


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    Sunday, September 14, 2003 10:26 am Email this article
    Women using Nutrasweet (aspartame) lost more weight after one year than women who abstained from using Nutrasweet according to one study that they authors reviewed. These women had been part of a three month study which had them follow a diet of 1000 calories per day.

    Women using Nutrasweet (aspartame) lost 16.5 pounds after one year compared to 13.8 pounds in women who abstained from using Nutrasweet (aspartame), however the difference was not statistically significant.

    Another study they reviewed found that women who used Nutrasweet (aspartame) regained less weight than women who abstained from using Nutrasweet (aspartame).

    First the women lost an average of about 22 pounds, or 10 percent of their body weight, during a four month study which had them follow a diet of 1000 calories per day. Then for the next year they agreed to either consume foods containing Nutrasweet (aspartame) or abstain from using it.

    After one year on a weight maintenance diet of 1500 calories per day the women who used Nutrasweet (aspartame) had regained significantly less weight than those who abstained from Nutrasweet (aspartame). Those who consumed Nutrasweet (aspartame) had regained 5.7 pounds compared to a weight regain of 11.9 pounds for those who abstained from Nutrasweet (aspartame).

    After two years the women who used Nutrasweet (aspartame) had maintained a weight loss of 11.3 pounds compared to no maintained weight loss for those who abstained from Nutrasweet (aspartame).

    Another study they reviewed found that drinking soda sweetened with Nutrasweet (aspartame) for three weeks compare to drinking no soda at all caused weight loss in men, but not in women.

    The authors of the studies concluded that they could not find any short-term weight loss effects from using Nutrasweet (aspartame), but that it seemed to be effective at helping to maintain weight loss.

    REFERENCE

    Pirozzo S, Summerbell C, Cameron C, Glasziou P. Should we recommend low-fat diets for obesity? Obes Rev. 2003 May, 4(2):83-90.

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