Losing weight is often a mental exercise – and a recently published study by a University of Illinois assistant professor of kinesiology suggests what you put into your mouth might be fooling your brain.

The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, shows diet soda drinkers are more obese than people who drink regular soda. It could be that people either feel free to snack, or they drink diet soda out of guilt because they are snacking.

“We really don't know exactly which mechanism is at work – or maybe both work at the same time. The correlation (in consuming 'discretionary' foods) is the highest among obese adults, says study author Ruopeng An.

“We are doing another study, looking at water consumption in relation to natural intake,” he adds. “I would prefer water instead of a caloric beverage.”



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