By: Jennifer Hong
Published: Jun 28, 2021

Water Secret Weight Loss

There could be a secret involving water weight loss when drinking it with every meal. A recent study showed drinking water with every meal promotes a loss in weight. The study was conducted by Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech, who says drinking just two 8-ounce glasses will help people melt the pounds away.

Davy’s study included 48 adults between age 55 and 75 who were divided into two groups. One group drank two cups of water before meals and the other didn’t. All participants ate a low-calorie diet throughout the water weight loss study.

“We are presenting results of the first randomized controlled intervention trial demonstrating that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy,” Davy said in a statement. “We found in earlier studies that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during the meal.”

After 12 weeks, water drinkers lost about 15.5 pounds, compared to non-water-drinking dieters, who lost only 11 pounds. The participants drank about 1.5 cups of water per day prior to joining in the study.

Not only were those who drank water before meals more successful after 12 weeks, but they also kept “the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study.”

Even better, most water drinkers, followed for an additional 12 months, not only kept weight off but “even lost another 1 to 2 pounds,” she said.

The message, she says, is clear: “People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks.”

She points out that folklore and everyday experience both have suggested that water promotes weight loss, but little scientific information has been offered on the topic.

This doesn’t mean that good old H2O is a magic potion, but that drinking water may help people shed pounds for the simple reason that it has no calories and fills up the stomach, making people less hungry.

Davy says water makes people feel fuller, inducing them to eat less food. She also offers good news for those who prefer diet sodas and other drinks with artificial sweeteners, saying such liquid refreshment fills people up, too. But she advises against drinking beverages made tasty with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which are high in calories.


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