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  • Replacing sweetened beverages with water reduces calorie intake by 200 calories per day

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    Friday, February 29, 2008 9:13 am Email this article
    Women who replaced all sweetened caloric beverages with water, reduced their calorie intake by an average of 200 calories per day according to a new study. This effect was sustained for at least a year, and probably indefinitely. No Increase in Food

    No increase in food consumption

    There was no corresponding increase in food consumption.


    Equal to 20 lbs

    200 calories per day is equal to 20 lbs over a year

    A reduction of 200 calories per day adds up to 20 pounds over the course of a year.



    Conclusion : Reducing sugary drinks reduces calories consumed

    “[R]eplacing [ sweetened caloric beverages ] with drinking water was associated with significant decreases in total energy intake that were sustained over time,” the researchers noted.

    “The caloric deficit attributable to replacing [ sweetened caloric beverages ] with water was not negated by compensatory increases in other food or beverages.”



    Subjects : 118 overweight women

    The study involved 118 overweight women, 25- to 50-years-old, who regularly consumed at least 12 ounces per day of sweetened caloric beverages.


    Comment #1

    Comment #1 : Soda is one of the reasons we have gotten fatter

    I believe that sugary drinks are one of the dozen or so reasons that we have gotten fatter in the past 25 years.

    When I was growing up—up until the mid-1970’s—there were two sizes of Coke; 12 ounce and the “large” 16 ounce. That was it.

    When I asked my parents if I could have a Coke, they said, “Yes, but you can only have one Coke today.”

    How times have changed.


    Comment #2

    Comment #2 : Successful weight loss doctor says ‘No liquid calories”

    One of the most successful weight loss doctors I know tells his patients, “No liquid calories.”

    Some people could argue that drinking milk might help to prevent weight gain, but it seems a lot easier to just say, “No liquid calories.”


    Stookey J, Constant F, Gardner C, Popkin B. Replacing sweetened caloric beverages with drinking water is associated with lower energy intake. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Dec, 15(12):3013-22.


    Jodi Dunmeyer Stookey
    Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
    5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
    Oakland, CA 94609 USA
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