Drink water, lose weight
It's an old dieting tip that has a new lease of life in the latest research: drinking about a pint of water 30 minutes before meals can help with weight loss for obese adults, new research suggests.
The results of the small study need to be confirmed in bigger trials. However, when researchers in Birmingham tracked a study group, they found those who had water before meals lost an average of 2.87 pounds more than those who were not drinking up. People who loaded up on water before all three main meals a day lost an average of 9.48 pounds. Doing that just once a day, or not at all, resulted in an average loss of 1.76 pounds.
The findings are published in the journal Obesity.
Dr Helen Parretti, one of the study authors, said: "When combined with brief instructions on how to increase your amount of physical activity and [get] 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 study team now wants to carry on the research in a bigger trial with more volunteers.
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