05/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Diet Tip: Watch What You Drink

Liquid calories are the bigger culprit than food itself, when it comes to weight loss, a new study suggests.

That means soft drinks or soda, as well as fruit drinks, fruit punch and high-calorie beverages sweetened with sugar.

The researchers examined the relationship between beverage consumption among adults and weight change and found weight loss linked to a reduction in liquid calorie consumption. Liquid calorie intake had a stronger impact on weight than solid calorie intake among the 810 male and female subjects recruited from Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Durham, N.C., and Portland, Ore. The results are published in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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