Replacing high-calorie foods in your diet with low-calorie alternatives is a proven method to lose extra pounds and maintain a healthy weight. In fact, the federal government’s most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans place a stronger emphasis than ever on calorie control and physical activity. A number of foods and beverages sweetened with aspartame provide valuable calorie savings, and even modest substitutions can, over time, result in significant changes in body weight.
Below are some examples of how replacing full-calorie foods with aspartame-sweetened alternatives can make a big difference. For each, we have:
- Identified an aspartame-sweetened food or beverage along with its traditional counterpart;
- Calculated the resulting calories saved per week; and
- Extrapolated that caloric savings to a full year to estimate the number of pounds expected to be lost based on that simple change, assuming that other aspects of diet and activity are held constant.