Sweetened Drinks and Their Hidden Effects On Metabolism

You may not want to drink sweetened drinks, especially not with a protein rich meal if you’re interested in health or weight loss!

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Today I will talk about the new research findings on the connection between sweetened drinks and metabolism.

Watch this short video below for more information.


A recent study shows that drinking a sugar-sweetened drinks with a meal significantly reduces the burning of fat and diet-induced heat production.

And when drinking the sugar-sweetened drink with a protein-rich meal, this further decreased fat use and diet-induced thermogenesis by more than 40%!

Additionally, the researchers found that, over the course of a day, the body only expended 80 of the 120 kcals that were provided by the sugar-sweetened drink, creating a 40-kcal excess of calories that were not burned.

These results show the impact of consuming a sugar-sweetened drink on energy balance and the burning of fat.

The body’s efficiency of the body to burn energy is reduced after drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage leading to a greater tendency to make and store fat.

This further proves what we already know, that sugar-sweetened drinks are an important factor in the causation of obesity.


So I hope that makes you think twice about drinking a sweetened beverage, you’ll never burn the energy fully and you’ll be gaining weight every time

For more information on the effects of sugar on health and the best tips to overcome the addiction to sugar, read my article HERE

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Shanon L. Casperson, Clint Hall, James N. Roemmich. Postprandial energy metabolism and substrate oxidation in response to the inclusion of a sugar- or non-nutritive sweetened beverage with meals differing in protein content. BMC Nutrition, 2017, Volume 3, Number 1, Page 1


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