Diet soda and weight loss: New study reignites debate

Diet beverages can help you lose weight, according to a new paper published today in the journal Obesity. The results contradict a number of other recent studies that indicated drinking diet soda may actually cause a person to gain weight.

The new study, which was fully funded by the American Beverage Association, looked at whether drinks such as Coke Zero, Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Snapple might help people lose more weight than drinking water alone.

With a sample size of 303 people, researchers at University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo., and Temple University’s Center for Obesity Research and Education in Philadelphia conducted the first ever prospective, randomized 12-week clinical trial to study the issue.

 

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