Conventional wisdom advises drinking plenty of water, especially during a weight-loss program. Now, there’s new evidence to support this recommendation. By drinking water throughout the day, you can avoid “bored eating” as well as all of the great benefits that come along with being hydrated! Water is essential in life and also in weight loss.
A recent randomized controlled clinical trial in the journal Obesity examined the efficacy of water preloading before meals in two groups of dieters. Participants were randomized to either drinking 500 ml of water 30 minutes before their meals, or to a control group where they were asked to simply imagine their stomach was full before meals. What the researchers found was that 12 weeks later, the water preloading group had lost an average of 1.3 kg (2.86) pounds more than the control group. It may not sound like a lot, but every pound adds up, leading one to wonder what would happen at 16, 24, and 36 week followup times. Also, the mind is powerful – I’d also like to see a study where participants did both – imagined fullness AND drank water – would we see double the results compared to dieters who did nothing different at all?
Read more here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237305