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Beverage Consumption Makes A Big Difference in Weight Loss

A study published in the April 2009 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links liquid calorie intake with significant weight changes.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducted an 18 month randomized, controlled, behavioral intervention study of 810 adults aged 25-79 years old.
Participant's weight and height were recorded at both 6 months and 18 months. Dietary intake was recorded by means of unannounced 24-hour dietary recall interviews conducted via telephone.
While both liquid and solid calories were associated with weight change, only a reduction in liquid calorie intake was shown to have a significant effect on weight loss.
Beverages were divided into seven categories based on calorie content and nutritional composition: sugar-sweetened beverages, diet drinks, milk, 100 percent juice, coffee and tea with sugar, coffee and tea without sugar and alcoholic beverages.
Sugar-sweetened beverages were found to have the highest impact on weight change, and to be the leading source of liquid calories at 37%.
Earlier studies by Bloomberg School researchers have linked the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to the obesity epidemic in the US. Obesity increases the risk for adverse health conditions such as heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis.
Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soft drinks, fruit drinks and high calorie beverages sweetened with sugar may help you achieve your weight loss gains. Healthier alternatives include water and low-fat milk. Doing regular physical activity and eating healthy foods also help you maintain a healthy body.
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