RadioBDC Logo
| Listen Live
< Back to front page Text size +

Drinking Your Way Thin

Posted by Joan Salge Blake  February 16, 2012 01:14 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

If you are having trouble zipping up your snug pants, it may not be entirely due to what you are eating, but rather, what you are drinking.  A study of more than 300 overweight  adults published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition uncovered that by simply replacing sugar-laden beverages with either diet beverages or water (regular or sparkling water) resulted in the individuals losing weight.

The participants in the study were encouraged to replace at least 200 calories (two 8-ounce servings) of a sweetened beverage with a non-calorie drink daily.  After six months, the researchers found a significant reduction of 2 to 2.5 percent of body weight, on average, among the diet beverage or water consumers compared to the control group. 

To put this in perspective, for a person weighting in at 220 pounds (about the weight of the adults in this study), this percentage of body weight loss would translate into an approximate five pound loss.  Shedding five pounds in six months may just be enough to allow you to happily zip up those tight pants.

According to the USDA, added sugars provide a whopping 16 percent of the daily calories in the diets of Americans.  Not surprisingly, the number one source of added sugars in the diet is sweetened beverages including soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

Keep in mind, most sweetened beverage come in containers that are larger than eight ounces.  If you are drinking the entire container and several containers daily, you are gulping a fair amount of calories:

Coca Cola, 20 oz bottle = 250 calories
Nantucket Nectars Lemonade, 17.5 oz = 220 calories
Red Bull, 16.9 oz can = 225 calories
Arizona Ice Tea, 20 oz bottle = 225 calories

If you are concerned about your weight and are consuming sweetened beverages, replacing these beverages with the diet version or water may be an easy way to cut calories and drink your way to a thinner you.
Originally published on the blog Nutrition and You!.
This blog is not written or edited by or the Boston Globe.
The author is solely responsible for the content.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

About the author

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, is a clinical associate professor and registered dietitian at Boston University in the Nutrition Program. Joan is the author of Nutrition &You, 2nd Edition, More »

Health search

Find news and information on:

More community voices

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Child in Mind

Corner Kicks

Dirty Old Boston

Mortal Matters

On Deck

TEDx Beacon Street


Browse this blog

by category