Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Weight Loss: what you drink may be more important than what you eat


Published: May 5, 2009

A calorie is a calorie, even if it comes in liquid form.

And when it comes to losing weight, watching what you drink may be more important than what you’re eating.

We know sugary sodas can pack on the pounds.

But new research shows what you drink may be more important than what you eat if you’re trying to lose weight.

“When they compared sugar beverages to food, if you cut your calories in drinks that have calories you lost more weight,“ said family physician Dr. Lane Reed.

Doctor Reed at Baylor points to research out of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

In an 18-month study of 810 adults, researchers found that a reduction in liquid calories significantly affected weight loss after six months much more than a reduction in solids.

“They found reducing one serving of a sugar drink a day will lose a pound in 6 months, without exercise or diet changes,“ Reed said.

Dr. Reed says cut sugary sodas and fruit juices and you’ll see an immediate difference on the scale!

Renee Boyd is taking on the challenge, opting for unsweetened tea, instead of her favorite soda.

“Trying to lose weight. Hoping that this will help, said Boyd.


  1. Interesting. It is amazing how many calories people "drink"! Some people are clueless to all the calories they consume not only in sodas but juices too and how many pounds that turns into!!!!! Some juices are good for you but they still can be calorie dense so maybe a piece a fruit instead which is filling & more fiber!

    Now, alcohol, bad calories in excess for sure & more calories per gram than regular carbs. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram vs. the 4 calories per gram with soda & regular carbs.

    PS: Glad you got the comments up & running again!

  2. I don't even know anyone that drinks "regular" soda anymore. It's all diet-oriented now. But I hear tell those are just as bad for you as regular soda, these days.

    Water's the best drink there is, anyway.


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