Drinking water before meal can help in losing weight


This article was published in in Times of India and I thought it is worth reading

Water is an appetite-control agent that requires no prescription, has no side effects, and costs almost nothing? Scientists reported results of a new clinical trial confirming that just two glasses taken before meals, helps people to shed weight.


“Results of the randomised controlled intervention trial demonstrate that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy,” said Brenda Davy, author of the study.
“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 other dieters.”
Davy pointed out that folklore and everyday experience have suggested that water can help promote weight loss. But there has been surprisingly little scientific info on the topic.
The study included 48 adults aged 55-75 years, divided into two groups. One group drank 2 cups of water prior to their meals and the other did not. All of the subjects ate a lowcalorie diet during the study. Over the course of 12 weeks, water drinkers lost about 15.5 pounds, while the others lost about 11 pounds.
Davy said water may be so effective simply because it fills up the stomach with a substance that has zero calories. People feel fuller as a result, and eat less caloriecontaining food during the meal.
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