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Can Drinking Water Promote Weight-Loss

Can Drinking Water Promote Weight-Loss

Drinking two cups of water before meals can help dieters lose weight quicker…

A new study has shown that drinking water before meals can help dieters shed more pounds. Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech and senior author of the study, said that consuming just two 8 oz glasses of water before meals is all that’s required to keep those pounds falling off.

Davy said in a press release:

We are presenting results of the first randomized controlled intervention trial demonstrating that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy…

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 the meal.

The study included 48 adults between the ages of 55 to 75. The participants were divided into two groups. Both groups were given water, but only one with specific instructions on when, and how much, to drink.

After 12 weeks, those told to drink 16oz of water before meals lost 15.5 lbs, compared to the group with no instructions who lost only 11 lbs.

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Drinking Water Aids Weight Loss

Not only did the water drinkers lose more weight after 12 weeks, they also kept the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study.

12 months later, a follow up showed that many of the water drinkers even lost another 1 to 2 pounds, added Davy.

Researchers believe that one of the main reasons our drinking habits and weight gain are so closely related is due to the increase in sugary, calorie-packed drinks available to consumers. Davy explained to WebMD:

If you look at research on beverage consumption trends, our average intake of sugar-sweetened beverages has increased dramatically in the past three or four decades

So, likely we are drinking other beverages in place of water.

Scientists assume that drinking water aids weight loss simply because it fills up the stomach, and contains no calories, effectively making people eat less.

But previous studies had failed to find a link between drinking water and losing weight, instead the results suggested that eating foods high in water content contributed better to weight-loss. One factor previous studies did not include however, was the time at which participants consumed their water.

Either way, both studies suggest that drinking water before meals, or eating foods with high water content can help aid weight-loss.

Davy says the message is clear:

People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks.

The study is being presented at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.

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