Author(s): Catenacci VA, Pan Z, Thomas JG, Ogden LG, Roberts SA, Wyatt HR, Wing RR, Hill JO | Publication Year: 2014
Using an online survey, this study examined low calorie beverage
consumption, and strategies and motivation behind their use in
successful weight loss maintainers in National Weight Control Registry
(NWCR). NWCR was established to study the characteristics and behaviors
of individuals successful at long-term weight loss maintenance.
Changing beverage consumption pattern was regarded as a useful tool for
weight loss and maintenance by the majority of the participants
surveyed. Increasing water consumption was the most common and important
change reported for both weight loss and weight maintenance, followed
by reducing regular calorie beverages.
58% of the weight loss maintainers regularly consumed low calorie
beverages, while 10% regularly consumed sugar-sweetened beverages. The
top five reasons for choosing low calorie beverages were for taste, to
satisfy thirst, as part of routine, to reduce calories, and to accompany
78% of the participants who consumed low calorie beverages reported that
they felt that low calorie beverages helped them control or reduce
their total food or calorie intake. These findings suggest that low
calorie beverages may play an important role in a weight control
Objective: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to
evaluate prevalence of and strategies behind low/no calorie sweetened
beverage (LNCSB) consumption in successful weight loss maintainers. Methods:
An online survey was administered to 434 members of the National Weight
Control Registry (NWCR, individuals who have lost ?13.6 kg and
maintained weight loss for > 1 year). Results: While
few participants (10%) consume sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular
basis, 53% regularly consume LNCSB. The top five reasons for choosing
LNCSB were for taste (54%), to satisfy thirst (40%), part of routine
(27%), to reduce calories (22%) and to go with meals (21%). The majority
who consume LNCSB (78%) felt they helped control total calorie intake.
Many participants considered changing patterns of beverage consumption
to be very important in weight loss (42%) and maintenance (40%).
Increasing water was by far the most common strategy, followed by
reducing regular calorie beverages. Conclusions:
Regular consumption of LNCSB is common in successful weight loss
maintainers for various reasons including helping individuals to limit
total energy intake. Changing beverage consumption patterns was felt to
be very important for weight loss and maintenance by a substantial
percentage of successful weight loss maintainers in the NWCR.