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Eat your calories rather than drink them

In a study conducted at Purdue University, researchers gave people either 400 calories of jelly beans or 400 calories of non-diet soda. Those given the jelly beans ate fewer calories later in the day to compensate. The soda drinkers didn’t make the adjustment.

Apparently, liquids just don’t set off the gut’s satiety mechanism as effectively as solids do. It’s a crucial point when you consider that soft drinks are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet. On top of that, you can now get a 300-, 400- or 500-calorie flavored coffee beverage at a coffee shop, only adding to the liquid calorie tally.

The best liquid bets: water and, here and there, skim milk.