According to a recent study by the University of Birmingham, drinking two glasses of water 30 minutes before every meal can help you to lose weight faster.
For the study, researchers at the University of Birmingham observed 84 obese people consisting of 54 women and 30 men with an average age of 56 years.
About half the participants drank 500 ml (16 oz) of plain, noncarbonated water 30 minutes before at least one meal a day. Some people ended up drinking water before all of their three meals a day, while others just did it for one or two. The other half of participants were told to imagine their stomachs full before a meal.
The results showed that both groups lost weight. But those who were drinking water before all meals had reduced their weight by 4.3kg (9.48 lbs) over the 12 weeks. They also lost 2.7 pounds more than the “full stomach thinkers”, who, were working out and exercising more than their water-drinking counterparts. Nevertheless, it was noted that the water drinkers ate fewer calories at every meal, which was likely attributed to higher water intake and feelings of increased satiety.
“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.” – Dr. Helen Parretti, researcher at the University of Birmingham.