Eat, But Don't Drink Up
Well, in a recent study on nutrition, participants spent one month drinking a sugary beverage, and another month eating a solid, sugary food.
Anyway the researchers monitored the participants' weight and eating habits. It turned out that they gained more weight in the month that they were drinking the extra calories than they did in the month they were eating them.
But aren't extra calories just extra calories?
Yes. But apparently solids and liquids don't digest the same way in our bodies. When you eat solids, you get full. So participants unconsciously ended up eating less of something else to compensate, which made up for some of those extra calories.
When you drink, it doesn't really affect your hunger pangs because it doesn't fill you up, and so you'll probably end up eating the same amount whether you drink water or drink beer.
Right. So these findings may help explain why Americans have gained so much weight over the past decade, even as fat consumption and exercise levels have remained more or less the same.
So fat is entirely to blame after all?
Not all by itself apparently. We simply can't continue to ignore all those extra calories people are getting from beverages like beer, whole milk, juice, sugary sodas, high protein shakes, sport drinks, specialty coffees and teas.
Enough! Enough! I get it!
Just try to control yourself, Don. Moderation is the key!