A new study from England’s University of Birmingham suggests drinking a pint of water before meals is the secret of losing weight. Researchers report that obese adults who consumed a pint of tap water prior to meals lost about 9.5 lbs. over a 12 week period.
Obesity causes a number of health issues which lead to a much higher risk of Long Term Care later in life. These include heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, some cancers, osteoarthritis and breathing issues like asthma and sleep apnea.
The study participants were encouraged to drink tap water as opposed to sparkling water, sodas or sweetened drinks which were not allowed as part of the study.
Dr. Helen Parretti, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham, said: "The beauty of these findings is in the simplicity.
"Just drinking a pint of water, three times a day, before your main meals may help reduce your weight,” 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,” explained Parretti.
"It's something that doesn't take much work to integrate into our busy everyday lives," she said.
The research is published in the Journal Obesity.
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