A bottle of water before each meal could help in weight reduction, researchers say
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shown that drinking 500ml of water at half an hour before eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight.
500ml = 16.9 oz….
Obese adult participants were recruited from general practices and monitored over a 12 week period.
Each of the participants, all adults with obesity, were given a weight management consultation, where they were advised on how to adapt their lifestyle and improve their diet and levels of physical activity. 41 of those recruited were asked to preload with water, and 43 were advised to imagine that they had a full stomach before eating.
Those in the group who were instructed to ‘preload’ with water lost, on average, 1.3kg (2.87lbs) more than those in the control group.
Those who reported preloading before all three main meals in the day reported a loss of 4.3kg (9.48lbs) over the 12 weeks,
-Whereas those who only preloaded once, or not at all, only lost an average of 0.8kg (1.76lbs).
*Efficacy of water preloading before main meals as a strategy for weight loss in primary care patients with obesity: RCT
Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 DOI: 10.1002/oby.21167