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Swap water for soda to stay slim

health-and-fitness Updated: Feb 22, 2012 14:25 IST

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So when out on a dinner with friends, you almost as a habit, order that can of a fizzy drink? While you may have got into the habit of consuming colas with every meal, a new research may inspire you to change your habit.

Swapping carbonated beverages for water could be a simple way for obese people to shed up to five pounds.

In a study to appear in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that when a group of overweight and obese subjects replaced their high-calorie beverages with water, they were twice as likely to lose 5% or more of their body weight compared to their counterparts.

The other participants either were given diet soda or received general information about healthy choices and were free to drink what they chose. A total of 318 people were studied over a span of six months.

“Substituting non-caloric beverages — whether it’s water, diet soft drinks or something else — can be a clear and simple change for people who want to lose or maintain weight,” said study author Deborah Tate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a statement.

But drinking water instead of soda is a tall order for some people who have become addicted to the fizzy, sugary taste of carbonated beverages.

And while water is the best option, study authors note that drinking diet soda instead of litres of empty calories could help people stick with the change.Meanwhile, another study released just last week suggested that daily diet soda drinkers increased their risk of a stroke or heart attack by 43%.

The study, published in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, analysed data from more than 2,500 participants in a public health study that spanned 10 years.