The study, conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, showed that overweight and obese people who swapped out their caloric drinks for calorie-free options -- including, yes, water! -- were able to lose four to five pounds over a six-month period. The research will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
"If this were done on a large scale, it could significantly reduce the increasing public health problem of obesity," study researcher Deborah Tate, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutrition and health behavior at UNC Chapel Hill, said in a statement.
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