Losing weight cannot get any easier than this! Researchers have now revealed that drinking 500ml of water half-an-hour before eating the three main meals of the day may help you lose weight. Helen Parretti, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, said, "Just drinking a pint of water, three times a day, before your main meals may help reduce your weight."
For the study, researchers recruited obese adult participants from general practices and monitored over a 12-week period. Each of the study participants were given a weight management consultation, where they were advised on how to adapt their lifestyle and improve their diet and levels of physical activity. While 41 adults of those recruited were asked to preload with water, the other half i.e. 43 adults were advised to imagine that they had a full stomach before eating.
Adults in the group who were instructed to 'preload' with water lost, on average, 1.3 kg more than those in the control group. People who reported preloading before all three main meals in the day reported a loss of 4.3 kg over the 12 weeks, whereas those who only preloaded once, or not at all, only lost an average of 0.8kg.
Parretti said, "When combined with brief instructions on how to increase your amount of physical activity and on a healthy diet, this seems to help people to achieve some extra weight loss, at a moderate and healthy rate. It is something that does not take much work to integrate into our busy everyday lives."
The study was published in Obesity.