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Guzzling sugary drinks while you eat a meaty meal, could be causing you to put on weight, according to a new story. 

The paper published in BMC Nutrition found the combination decreased the metabolic rate, leading to more fat being stored. 

Researchers asked 27 adult volunteers, all of a healthy weight, to spend 24 hours in a metabolic chamber on two separate occasions. How the body was using nutrients was monitored.

Each person ate the same meal consisting of 17g of fat and 500 non-beverage calories along with either a sugar-sweetened drink or an artificially sweetened drink.

The participants were then asked about their hunger and craving for certain types of foods after their meal. 

Lead author Dr Shanon Casperson explained to BMC "drinking a sugar-sweetened drink with a meal significantly decreases fat use and diet-induced thermogenesis (heat production)".

"When we paired the sugar-sweetened drink with a protein-rich meal, the combination further decreased fat use and diet-induced thermogenesis by more than 40 per cent.

"Additionally, we found that, over the course of a day, the body only expended 80 of the 120 kcals that was provided by the sugar-sweetened drink. 

"These results highlight the impact that consuming a sugar-sweetened drink can have on energy balance and fat use.

She said the findings provide further insight in to the harmful role soft drinks play in the obesity crisis.

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