Recent study suggests that drinking 16.9 oz or 500 ml before each meal can greatly help people lose weight.
The study, which was published this week in the journal Obesity, revealed that a simple act such as drinking a bottle of water half an hour before mealtimes led to superior weight loss in obese patients than in those that didn’t develop the habit.
Dr. Helen Parretti, co-author of the study and a researcher at University of Birmingham in England, said that she and her colleagues were amazed to see such positive outcomes from just drinking a pint of water before each mealtime.
A plethora of past studies had shown other benefits of drinking water including detoxification of body, improved blood flow, increased cognitive functions, nourished cells and tissue, and healthier organs.
Additionally, a couple of years ago, a study suggested that drinking water before you start to study can greatly increase your brain performance. But past studies had also suggested that water may help people lose extra weight.
In their research, the team surveyed 84 obese patients and allotted them to two groups. The first group was asked to drink 500 ml of water half an hour before mealtimes on a daily basis for three months. The other group was requested to make an effort of imagination and tell their brain that their stomach were actually full before each meal.
All volunteers were also counseled on how to improve their weight loss plan and workout levels. Every two weeks, study participants received a phone call from investigators asking them how their weight loss was going.
Study authors learned that those drinking water before each mealtime lost more weight than the other group. The mean of lost weight was 2.87 pounds or 1.3 kilos. At the end of the trial, those in the first group lost 9.48 pounds (4.3 kilos), while those in the placebo group lost only 1.76 pounds (0.8 kilos).
Scientists do not have a final explanation for the phenomenon but they do have some hypothesizes. Some of them believe that more water can boost metabolic processes, while others think that water simply makes you feel fuller and eat less.
The research team said that their findings were preliminary, so any health care provider can tell their overweight or obese patients to try it when losing weight.
Researchers also recommend combining the water-before-meal strategy with a light workout plan and healthy diet for additional weight loss. On the other hand, the team cautioned that their strategy was not recommended to people diagnosed with heart or kidney failure.
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