A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Birmingham says that drinking water is a simple trick which will help you lose weight. Such a trick is both simple and hugely beneficial and moreover it can be easily promoted through public campaigns and by healthcare professionals. The paper was published in the journal Obesity.
The study involved 84 obese adults who were monitored for 12 weeks. All the participants were offered a weight management consultation: they were advised as regarding to physical exercise, diet and lifestyle. 41 of the participants were required to drink two cups of water (approximately a pint) 30 minutes before eating a main meal. The other 43 of the participants simply had to imagine that their stomach was full before they started eating. The participants were not allowed to drink sweetened drinks, soda or sparkling water before meals. They were required to drink simple tap water.
According to the findings of the study both groups lost weight after the 12 weeks had passed. However it seems that those participants who drank water lost three more pounds compared to those who did not consume water before every meal. Moreover those who drank water before every meal lost 9.8 pounds and those who drank water only at once meal or did not drink water at all lost 1.76 pounds.
The lead author of the research Dr. Helen Paretti of the University at Birmingham remarked:
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’s something that doesn’t take much work to integrate into our busy everyday lives.”
The research team still has to conduct further studies in order to confirm this current discovery. If the water trick indeed proves to be helpful it will be great news for those struggling with weight problems. According to Paretti losing even a few extra pounds in a year can be very important to some people. She concluded that their study is a simple message that could represent a significant contribution for the public health.
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