THURSDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) — Overweight adults often turn to diet beverages to help them slim down, but this tactic might backfire, new research suggests.
Compared to people who drink sweetened beverages, heavy people with a diet-soda habit actually consume more daily calories from food, the study finds.
“Diet-soda drinkers who are overweight or obese are eating more solid food during the day than overweight and obese people who drink sugary beverages,” said study researcher Sara Bleich, associate professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In order to lose weight, the diet-soda drinkers need to cut back on their meals and snacks, according to the study, which was published online Jan. 16 in the American Journal of Public Health.
Earlier research might help explain the findings, Bleich said. It’s thought that the artificial sweeteners used in the…
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