Do ‘diet’ versions of drinks actually work? Switching from sugar to sweetener-flavoured soft drinks is a popular strategy when people are battling the bulge. But new research has suggested that they might not be all they are cracked up to be. It seems that people who consume diet beverages in a bid to reduce their calorie intake end up compensating by then snacking on high-calorie discretionary foods such as ice cream, pastries, biscuits and chips. This means that while they might be consuming less calories from the fluids they consume, they are making up for this by eating more calories instead.