Drinking two glasses of water before each meal helps to boost weight loss significantly, research finds.
People in the study drinking this much water lost 5 pounds more than a comparison group.
A previous study has found that people who drank a pint of water 30 minutes before every main meal lost almost 10 pounds in 12 weeks.
Water in the stomach before a meal helps to reduce the number of calories consumed, the researchers found.
Dr. Brenda Davy, a study co-author, said:
“We found in earlier studies that middle-aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal.
In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.
People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks.
It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management.”
The study included 48 overweight or obese people who were put on a low-calorie diet for 12 weeks.
Half drank two cups of water before each meal and the other half did not.
The results showed that water drinkers lost 15.5 pounds, compared to 11 pounds in the non-water-drinking group.
Drinking water may help weight loss by making people feel less hungry, so they eat less.
In addition, replacing sweetened sodas — which contain calories — with water will also aid weight loss.
Healthy women should drink at least 9 cups per day and men should drink 13 cups.
This includes all beverages, such as tea, coffee, and water.
Be aware that it is possible to drink too much water: a condition known as water intoxication.