Sunday, April 5, 2009

Drop the soft drink and you'll drop some weight...

A research group (h/t Futurepundit) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health demonstrated in a recently published study that by limiting or cutting out the calories from liquids that there was a stonger association with weight loss than by limiting solid caloric intake.

A thought from the author, “Both liquid and solid calories were associated with weight change, however, only a reduction in liquid calorie intake was shown to significantly affect weight loss during the 6-month follow up,” said Benjamin Caballero MD, PhD, senior author of the study and a professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health.

More thoughts, “A reduction in liquid calorie intake was associated with a weight loss of 0.25 kg at 6 months and 0.24 kg at 18 months. Among sugar-sweetened beverages, a reduction of 1 serving was associated with a weight loss of 0.5 kg at 6 months and 0.7 kg at 18 months. Of the seven types of beverages examined, sugar-sweetened beverages were the only beverages significantly associated with weight change.”

Energy drinks are hot and have been for some time. However, the energy benefits come at a price - lots of sugar. A great drink mix to maintain proper electrolyte balance with low calories is Low-Oz. Also - look to some new products from Unicity in the coming months to address this issue.

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