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Water Before Meals Shown To Be Effective Weight-Loss Technique

August 23, 2010: 10:30 AM EST
A U.S. clinical trial has confirmed that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals is an effective weight-loss technique. The randomized controlled intervention trial included 48 adults aged 55-75 years, divided into two groups, one of which drank two cups of water before eating low-calorie meals and one of which did not. Over 12 weeks, the group that drank water before meals lost about 15.5 pounds, while the non-water drinkers lost about 11 pounds. One researcher suggested that water was effective because it fills the stomach with something that has no calories, leaving people feeling more satiated. They then eat less calorie-containing food during the meal. The researcher also suggested that Increased water consumption could help people lose weight if they drink it instead of sugary beverages.
Brenda Davy, Ph.D., et al. , "Clinical Trial Confirms Effectiveness of Simple Appetite Control Method", Presentation, national meeting of the American Chemical Society, August 23, 2010, © American Chemical Society
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