Drop more pounds faster by drinking two cups of water before each meal. You’ve probably heard that drinking water before you eat can help you lose weight. The theory behind this recommendation is that the water helps fill you up so that you end up eating less at mealtime, which leads to fewer calories consumed in the day.  Now, a study provides some evidence to back up this theory.

The study participants were between the ages of 55 and 75 and overweight or obese. The researchers had them consume a low-calorie diet (1,200 calories for women or 1,500 calories for men). They were than randomly assigned to either a water or control group. The water group drank 2 cups (16 oz. total) of water before eating each of their meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), while the control group was just given the low-calorie diet without further instructions.

Since both groups were consuming fewer calories, both groups lost weight. However, those that drank 2 cups of water before their meals had a faster rate of weight loss and ended up losing 44 percent more weight over a 12-week period than those that didn’t. The biggest changes in calorie consumption were seen at the beginning of the study, indicating that having water before meals might not continue to help reduce caloric intake as much over time.

It’s important to note that this study was fairly small, consisting of only 41 people. However, its results do support the time-honored advice of drinking water before meals. As the end of January sets in and weight-loss resolutions begin to wane, you may want to try using this technique to boost your efforts. For success, follow these tips:

  • Make sure that it is water you’re drinking before the meals. Sodas, sports drinks and juice add calories to your intake and slow or stop you from reaching your goals. Diet drinks are not as good an option as water because some evidence indicates they trick our brain into wanting more sweets and other studies show they might contribute to bone loss.
  • Get a 16-oz. bottle, keep it full and in plain sight. Have it on your office desk, by the refrigerator, or anywhere else where it will remind you to drink before you eat.
  • If you don’t like the taste of water, add a 2 tbsp. of lemon or lime juice to add flavor. If that doesn’t work, you could add a splash of juice; just make sure you are only splashing, not pouring. If you’re a fan of the bubbly, you could try seltzer water instead.

Comments

  1. vijina says:

    Water is recommended highly because of its ability to exhale the toxic substances from our body. It significantly reduces body weight by doing so.

    Regards

    Hoodia

  2. ayurveda says:

    i have read many post on weight loss but your post is best ,rather going to other weight loss program every one who are eager to loss weight can implement it easily “drinking only two cups of water before each meal” thanks for sharing a informative post.

  3. Dhara Mistry says:

    Hey Erica, thanks for sharing! I’ve tried this experiment on my end and it worked like magic! I drink like 2 liters of water per day. Sometimes I do get bored of the taste (or rather no-taste) but then like you mentioned, I always slice up a lemon, drop it in a glass and keep re-filling it. Makes it a way more easier! 

  4. nancyscott92 says:

    Drinking more water is always good for health, water throw all the toxins which is in your body.
    Initial weight loss is largely due to loss of water, and you need to drink an adequate amount of water in order to avoid dehydration.
     
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  5. nancyscott92 says:

    Drinking more water is always good for health, water throw all the toxins which is in your body.
    Initial weight loss is largely due to loss of water, and you need to drink an adequate amount of water in order to avoid dehydration.
     
    http://goo.gl/SD8s4
     

  6. Great stuff! you write too well. Moreover your article contains some worthy information which i guess will help lot of people…

  7. ruthhall08 says:

    Hi Erica,
    I agree with you drinking water is very helpful to lose weight as well as it also helps to remove pimples, scars on your face.
    Water help to make you beautiful.
     
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  8. ruthhall08 says:

    Hi Erica,
    I agree with you drinking water is very helpful to lose weight as well as it also helps to remove pimples, scars on your face.
    Water help to make you beautiful.
     
    http://goo.gl/1l4XL
     

About Erica Giovinazzo

Erica Giovinazzo is a graduate student of Clinical Nutrition at New York University. She has served as the Chair of the Student Committee of the Greater New York Dietetic Association, the ADA Student Liaison for New York University, and a volunteer with Keri Gans Nutrition, God's Love We Deliver, and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Nutrition Department. In the coming year, Erica is delighted to be in the NYU Dietetic Internship, and complete the training to become a Registered Dietitian.

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