POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 12:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 2:00am
Swapping a soda for water or diet cola can help dieters lose up to five pounds.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill studied over 300 overweight adults, who were assigned to one of three groups: the first was asked to switch calorie-laden drinks for water, the second swapped soda for diet soda and the third group had no counseling at all.
The results shouldn’t exactly invoke waves of surprise.
Researchers found those who tried water or diet soda were two times more likely to lose five percent of their body weight.
There were some differences however, noted between the diet soda and water groups. Soda drinkers who like the taste of sweet drinks or carbonation were more likely to stick with the switch, while water drinks had lower blood sugar levels.
One question that the study didn't cover likely remains in most people’s minds however: how could such a simple switch to promote self-health not be implemented by a country ridden with weight problems?
To see the full study, click here: http://www.ajcn.org/content/early/2012/01/30/ajcn.111.026278.abstract 
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