It’s largely accepted that quitting sugar can affect weight loss--a pretty tall order as we find sugar in canned juices, packed foods, and even in fruits. But according to a study posted at, even slightly decreasing your sugar intake can have a “small but meaningful impact on body weight in adults.”

Researchers from the University of Otago and the Riddet Institute in New Zealand worked with 71 studies on sugar intake and body fat to examine their relationship and their effects in children and adults. They found that decreasing the consumption of “free sugars” also decreased weight by 0.8 kg., while increasing consumption increased weight by 0.75 kg.

If one is to look at a person who consistently drinks canned soda and eats sweets, the effect stacks up--which may lead to obesity.

If you want to seriously start losing inches, simply quitting sugar may not give you your desired results. You need a well-rounded approach to losing pounds, which includes a healthy and balanced diet, regular exercise, less stress, and maintaining a positive outlook. Tying all of these together won’t only give you a slimmer waistline but also a generally better lifestyle.

(Photo by Zestbienbeautouza via Flickr Creative Commons)

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