Drinking two cups of water before a meal can help you lose weight, but the magic is not in the water. To lose weight, the best way is still to reduce your caloric intake.
At a meeting of National Meeting of the American Chemical Society researchers presented their findings: in a study of 48 older adults all on a reduced calorie diet over a 12 week period, participants who drank 16 ounces of water before each meal lost five pounds more than those who did not. This study follow up on another in which researchers found that people consumed between 75 and 90 fewer calories per meal if they drank two cups of water just before they started eating.
Study spokesperson Dr Brenda Davy said “the reason drinking water before the meal works is simply because it has zero calories but you have the sensation of feeling partly full before you even start eating, resulting in fewer calories consumed during the meal.”
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, “Official bodies like the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, an agency that advises the Federal Government, say healthy people should let natural thirst guide them on how much water to drink, but they generally recommend this should result in about 9 cups of fluids a day, including water, for women and 13 cups for men.”
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