It is often the hidden calories in drinks that cause more weight gain than food.
Sweetened beverages are seen as a bit factor towards obesity levels and new research has shed further light on this matter.
A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have proved that reducing the intake of liquids is more likely to help in weight loss than in the lessening of calorie intake from food. [Low Calorie Diet]
It was only the drinks sweetened with sugar that made a difference as opposed to chemically created sweeteners.
Seven types of beverages were studied for the tests, these included fruit drinks, milk, diet products, tea and coffee. Over thirty percent of the liquid calories were actually sweetened with sugar.
Studies show that by the year 2015 over seventy five percent of Americans will be obese. It is thought that the reduction of sugar ladened drinks consumed by the population could ultimately save lives.
The Johns Hopkins School looked at over eight hundred people aged between 25 and 79 years of age. This took place over an eighteen month period and one of the authors Benjamin Caballero stated that they measured weight and height along with an unannounced recall interview of participants.
It seems that focusing on the food intake of citizens of America alone is not going to be enough and that attention may need to consider in light of this information.