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August 01, 2009
Reduction in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight loss: the PREMIER trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:1299-306
Chen L, Appel LJ, Loria C, Lin PH, Champagne CM, Elmer PJ, Ard JD, Mitchell D, Batch BC, Svetkey LP, Caballero B.

Description of this Publication

The relationship between weight changes and the consumption of liquid calories was examined in the PREMIER trial in 810 adults followed for 18 months. A reduction of 100 kcal/day of liquid calorie intake was associated with a weight loss of 0.25 kg at 6 months and 0.24 kg at 18 months. Only sugar-sweetened beverages were significantly associated with weight change. For instance, a reduction of 1 serving/day was associated with a weight loss of 0.49 kg at 6 months and 0.65 kg at 18 months. These results suggest that limiting the intake of liquid calories, particularly of sugar-sweetened beverages, can generate weight loss and stave off excess weight gain.

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Key Words
Nutrition, Weight Loss