New research says that drinking water is the safest way to lose weight.
It’s all about timing. The trick is to drink two 8-oz glasses of water before each meal. Now, I know what you’re thinking – that’s just a trick to fill me up before I start to eat. Well, it’s a bit more scientific than that.
Results published in the journal Obesity from a study conducted out of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg showed that participants lost an extra 4.5 lb compared to the control group.
This study was conducted on 48 overweight/obese men and women aged 55 – 75 who were on a calorie controlled diet. Half drank water before meals and half didn’t. After just three months, the water group lost an average of 15.5 lb compared to the control group who lost 11 lb. After a year of dieting and drinking water, the water subjects continued to lose an extra 1.5 lb and managed to keep the weight off compared to the control group who gained back about 2 lb.
While scientists can’t offer an explanation why water affects weight loss, there are a few benefits to following this advice.
- Drinking two 8-oz glasses of water before meals keeps you hydrated and you’re less likely to drink sugar-laden soda pop, juice or other beverages.
- Water helps rid the body of toxins that can build up and cause excess weight. It is also a sure way of keeping you regular.
- Most people don’t get enough water in their diet and suffer from dehydration, which leads to eating more and weight gain.
- Drinking two 8-oz glasses of water before meals is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough water during the day.
- Drinking two 8-oz glasses of water before meals is also a great way to suppress appetite and chances are, you will be too full to finish what’s on your plate.
- Eating high water content foods like fruits and vegetables is another healthy way to get enough water in your diet.
- Water is essential for delivering valuable nutrients to cells and organs in the body and helps in maintaining a healthy body.
- Drinking enough water is good for your nails, hair, skin and complexion.
- Drinking water is a surefire way to cure bloating.