Recent research highlights the need for heavier adults who drink diet beverages to closely monitor their solid food intake.
Overweight and obese adults who drink diet beverages consume significantly more solid-food calories - particularly from snacks - than those who drink sugary beverages. The findings highlight the challenges in using diet beverages to help control weight.
“The results of our study suggest that overweight and obese adults looking to lose or maintain their weight—who have already made the switch from sugary to diet beverages—may need to look carefully at other components of their solid-food diet, particularly sweet snacks, to potentially identify areas for modification,” Dr. Sara Bleich, the lead researcher says.
The abstract of the study is available online at the American Journal of Public Health on January 16, 2014.
More about this research project can be read on the National Institutes for Health website.