UNC Logo Diet sodas are generally consumed for weight loss, but ever wondered why we still do not lose body mass? Well, the reason could be that people do not conform to a healthy diet in the process of drinking zero-calorie beverages, states a report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While diet sodas have faced a lot of health allegations in recent days, this analysis sheds light on the effect of such drinks inclusive of the overall diet. The team found that individuals consuming diet drinks were apparently less healthy than their counterparts not consuming the same.

Nevertheless, people intending to maintain an optimum body weight need to pay heed to their complete diet schedule, instead of simply opting for low-calorie drinks. Almost 183 persons participated in the study and were categorized into 2 groups.

While one group consumed a prudent or nutritious diet, the other set was exposed to a western diet. The outcomes showed that individuals conforming to the nutritious diet without any kind of beverages seemingly fell into the healthiest group. On the other hand, a western diet appeared to be linked to many health complications.

Notably, the group consuming a prudent diet inclusive of diet drinks seemed to be the second healthiest amongst the participants. This study reiterates the guidelines put forth by most weight loss programs that low-calorie drinks can only be fruitful if the cumulative dietary patterns of people are healthy.

The article titled, ‘Dietary patterns matter: diet beverages and cardiometabolic risks in the longitudinal Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study’ is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.