April 04, 2009
Liquid Calories Key To Weight Loss

Do not drink high calorie drinks if you want to keep the weight off. Parenthetically, I saw this coming and have only drank water about 99% of the time for decades. Works for me.

When it comes to weight loss, what you drink may be more important than what you eat, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers examined the relationship between beverage consumption among adults and weight change and found that weight loss was positively associated with a reduction in liquid calorie consumption and liquid calorie intake had a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake. The results are published in the April 1, 2009, issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 “Both liquid and solid calories were associated with weight change, however, only a reduction in liquid calorie intake was shown to significantly affect weight loss during the 6-month follow up,” said Benjamin Caballero MD, PhD, senior author of the study and a professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health.  “A reduction in liquid calorie intake was associated with a weight loss of 0.25 kg at 6 months and 0.24 kg at 18 months. Among sugar-sweetened beverages, a reduction of 1 serving was associated with a weight loss of 0.5 kg at 6 months and 0.7 kg at 18 months.  Of the seven types of beverages examined, sugar-sweetened beverages were the only beverages significantly associated with weight change.”

Solid foods make your stomach stretched and the calories in them get absorbed more rapidly. Want to lose weight? My advice is raise the lower the glycemic index of your diet while also increasing fiber consumption. Also, drink water and rarely drink anything sweet.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 April 04 04:04 PM  Aging Diet Weight Studies

Fat Man said at April 4, 2009 4:40 PM:

Is scotch OK?

razib said at April 4, 2009 5:12 PM:

agreed. though i do drink coffee without sugar. occasional beer too.

ernest sera said at April 5, 2009 1:03 PM:

I thought one should reduce consumption of simple forms of calories (e.g. highly sweetened beverages) as these are immediately absorbed by the body -- while the excess becomes stored instead of burned. Solid foods usually have more complex forms of calories; the absorption is more gradual and steady, so more of it is utilized by cellular metabolism.

ernest said at April 5, 2009 1:11 PM:

I meant carbohydrates not calories.

Lea said at April 22, 2009 7:02 AM:

I stopped drinking cokes and quickly dropped 10 pounds, so this definatley tracks for me.

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