May 27th, 2014
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Most people choose artificially-sweetened soda over regular soda to avoid packing on extra pounds. But what if you already choose diet? Would it be helpful to quit that too?

Dr. Jim Hill says he gets this question all the time from patients in his weight loss program at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

With funding from the American Beverage Association, Hill helped design a study that divided approximately 300 adults into two groups: One group would continue drinking diet, and the other group - referred to in the study as the "water group" - would go cold turkey. The study was published in the journal Obesity.

Both participant groups received intensive coaching on successful techniques for weight loss, including regular feedback on the meals they logged in journals.

"The results, to us, were not at all surprising," says Hill.

While the typical participant banned from drinking diet sodas lost 9 pounds over 12 weeks, those allowed to continue drinking diet soda lost, on average, 13 pounds in the same time period. That's a 4-pound difference.
Hill says that in his clinical experience, many people who have successfully lost significant weight "are heavy users of noncaloric sweeteners."

But why was the diet soda group more successful? The most likely reason is that this group had the easier task.

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  1. Thinking things through

    I now drink maybe two sodas a year. Frankly, the diet sodas always tasted totally off, and it required large infusions of ANYthing else to make them remotely palatable. So, I'm happy with my food plan of maybe, just MAYBE two sodas (with real sugar) a year.

    May 29, 2014 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Helaina Hinson

    I'm sick of the food police. I have never been overweight and am not diabetic. You will get my Dr Pepper when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    May 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm |
    • TNT


      May 29, 2014 at 9:33 am |
    • matt

      You will get your wish if you keep it up. Soda does cause cancer and osteoporosis. Just drink what nature intended: WATER.

      June 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm |
  3. Lyzistrata

    Reblogged this on Marx and Bagels and commented:
    Imagine, an industry-funded study only confirms what the industry wants it to. Color me shocked. SHOCKED.

    May 28, 2014 at 9:43 am |
  4. Trazy

    This article is ridiculous. Of course a study funded by the American beverage association is going to claim supposed "health benefits" from drinking diet soda. Use your common sense people: there are ZERO benefits to consuming diet or regular sodas. Zero, and I say that with 100% certainty. It's not just about calories, but the fact that there are NO nutritional benefits to be gained from soda. The beverage industry funded the study. They HAVE to find a correlation with their product and the health movement (no matter how ludicrous) to sell more product. The rest of the article basically negates the entire study anyway ! Don't believe everything you read people, do your research.

    May 28, 2014 at 1:28 am |
    • JSOver

      Zero benefits if you don't count the fact that they're delicious.

      May 30, 2014 at 12:55 pm |
  5. Jordan Carpenter

    I found this article actually quite interesting. I am wondering how it works in the long run. I know that diet soda often desnsitizes your body from recognizing true sugars, in turn causing weight gain if consumed. I'm curious about what all the diet soda drinkers could consume compared to the non-diet soda drinkers

    May 27, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
  6. Mark L

    Right. Where is the study on the long term (25 – 30 years) effect of these non-caloric sweeteners?

    When you get stomach cancer or some other such malady will be sorry.

    If you dont want calories drink WATER

    May 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm |
  7. Lieutenant Reynaud

    I am shocked, shocked...

    May 27, 2014 at 11:16 am |
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