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Consuming water before each meal has been mentioned on various news sources and passed by word of mouth to help aid weight loss, but does it really?
A new paper published in the journal, Obesity, finds that over a period of 12 weeks, simply drinking 500mL (or approximately 17oz of water or about one-and-a-half soda can’s worth) of water prior to each meal, in combination with caloric restriction, resulted in a 44% greater weight loss than a control group who did not consume the water. This study was limited to middle-aged and older adults.
What does this mean? This means you could potentially increase your weight loss, in conjunction with caloric restriction, by up to 44% over a 12 week timeframe just by consuming 17oz of water before you eat your meal. Before you sit down for your next meal, consider heading to the faucet.
Reference: Elizabeth A. Dennis, Ana Laura Dengo, Dana L. Comber, Kyle D. Flack, Jyoti Savla, Kevin P. Davy and Brenda M. Davy. “Water Consumption Increases Weight Loss During a Hypocaloric Diet Intervention in Middle-aged and Older Adults.” Obesity (2010) 18 2, 300–307. doi:10.1038/oby.2009.235.
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