Okay, so there’s no magical trick with water that burns away fat, but it can help with weight loss, according to a new study.
In new research published in the journal Obesity, results from the study revealed that chugging down a couple of glasses before eating a meal will help you from overeating and putting on unnecessary kilos.
84 obese adults were examined over 12 weeks and each given a weight management consultation, advising them on healthy diet and lifestyle habits to implement. 41 of the participants were asked to preload with 500mls of water before each meal, and the other 43 were asked to imagine they had a full stomach before eating.
Each individual’s weight was monitored at the start, middle and end of the experiment. Their urine was also regularly tested to ensure that the water drinkers were in fact drinking more water.
Those in the group who were asked to 'preload' with water lost, on average, 1.3kg more than those in the control group. The individuals who preloaded before all three main meals in the day reported a loss of 4.3kg over the 12 weeks, whereas those who only preloaded once, or not at all, only lost an average of 0.8kg. Amazing results, non?
One of the authors of the study, Dr Helen Parretti says, "The beauty of these findings is in the simplicity. Just drinking a pint of water, three times a day, before your main meals may help reduce your weight."
"When combined with brief instructions on how to increase your amount of physical activity and on a healthy diet, this seems to help people to achieve some extra weight loss — at a moderate and healthy rate. It's something that doesn't take much work to integrate into our busy everyday lives."
The success of this study seems to be pretty simple. Water fills you up and helps increase satiety. Throwing down a couple of glasses 30 minutes before a meal gives you enough time to feel fuller, which in the long run may stop you from eating everything in sight. And hey, any excuse to drink more water is definitely not a bad thing.