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Diet Soda Drinkers Lose More Weight Than Water Dieters – Study

May 27, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A 12-week clinical study subsidized by the U.S. beverage industry finds that drinking diet sodas helps people lose weight. The researchers, two of whom are paid consultants of the Coca-Cola Company, said that those who drank diet beverages during the study “lost more weight and reported feeling significantly less hungry” than participants who drank only water. The study among 303 people showed that people who drank diet sodas lost an average of 13 pounds – 44 percent more than the control group, which lost an average of nine pounds. Sixty-four percent of the diet soda group lost at least five percent of their body weight, compared with only 43 percent of the control group. Both diet soda and water groups saw reductions in waist circumference and blood pressure.
John C. Peters et al., "The effects of water and non-nutritive sweetened beverages on weight loss during a 12-week weight loss treatment program. ", Obesity, May 27, 2014, © The Obesity Society
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