We’re always hearing about how much water we should be drinking in an average day in order to stay healthy, but now for the first time there’s some good scientific evidence to prove how useful water is when we want to control appetite and lose weight.
Simply drinking two ordinary glasses of water before each meal can, over a three month period, increase weight loss by around 25%. Scientists believe water works so well because it helps to fill the stomach and bring on the feeling of being full much sooner. This means that fewer calories are consumed during the meal, aiding weight loss.
Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author of the clinical trial, studied the weight loss of two groups of people aged between 55 and 75 years. While they were all on a low calorie diet, only half drank water prior to each meal. Those drinking water lost 15.5 pounds where those who didn’t lost about 11 pounds.
One of the best things about this is that appetite control is achieved without expensive drugs with possible side effects.
Dr Davy, from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia (USA), clarified in the study that these effects would also be achieved if dieters drank sugar-free soda drinks, but they should steer clear of sugary juices and other beverages.
You can, of course, drink too much water – so thirst should also come into account when deciding how much to drink. It’s also been shown that we often confuse thirst with hunger, eating when what we really need is a big glass of water. So, if in doubt, have a glass of water first, then see if you’re still hungry afterwards.
Ref: American Chemical Society (2010, August 23). Drink water to curb weight gain? Clinical trial confirms effectiveness of simple appetite control method. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 25, 2010, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100823142929.htm
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