SODA AND WEIGHT
POSTED: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm
Watch what you drink when you're watching your weight...
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.