Anyhoo, new research reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that drinking diet soda can help shed pounds. For the study, conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, researchers randomly assigned 318 overweight adults to one of three groups: one that drank water; one that drank diet beverages; and a control group (who only received dietary counseling, along with the other groups). After six months, both groups (water and diet soda) lost four or five pounds, on average. However, those consuming diet beverages had a greater calorie reduction and there was a decrease in calories from food intake as well. Hallelujah, talk about music to my ears! Although I've long touted the benefits of diet soda intake to friends, every now and then one would question the beverage's impact on the waistline.
This study adds to the growing body of scientific literature supporting the notion that consumption of low calorie foods and beverages can assist with weight loss in humans. At least 13 other studies have similar findings, including a literature review of 45 studies on low calorie sweeteners that found low calorie sweeteners helped control caloric intake, and body weight, by making low calorie foods tastier.
According to Beth Hubrich, a dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, this study is good news for people looking for simple, easy and effective ways to reduce calories and lose weight. “Making small, simple changes you can live with over a lifetime is a great way to reduce calories and ultimately lose weight. This study supports the notion that small changes, such as choosing a diet soda, can be helpful in overall weight loss."