Are you tired of your rigid weight loss diets? Researchers in US have found a simple and inexpensive method of losing weight. In the annual conference of American Chemical Society, researchers of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have reported that weight could be lost by simply drinking two glasses of water before every meal.
Water before meals promotes weight loss
In the study, researchers studied the weight loss strategies of two groups of dieters.One group of dieters drank less than a pint of water before each meal and another group counted their calories or controlled the portions in their meals.
At the end of the three-month long study, researchers found that the average weight lost by dieters who drank water before each meal was 15.5 lbs, which was five pounds more than the average weight lost by non-water drinkers.
How water aids weight loss
Water could easily reduce food cravings and overeating by filling your stomach. When you drink two glasses of water before a meal, your stomach will become filled with water, you will feel fuller and you can’t eat much.
Moreover, water is devoid of calories. Therefore, drinking water before meals will naturally reduce your total calorie intake. On the other hand, weight loss pills work by changing the brain’s chemistry that reduces the body’s ability to absorb fats.
To promote weight loss, you should drink large amounts of water. However, sugary drinks will not facilitate weight loss despite its high water content. The high calorie drinks will boost unhealthy weight gain.
In a previous study, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s researcher Dr. Brenda Davy had found that water drinkers consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories per meal than non-water drinkers did.
Side effects of drinking water before meals
Despite the advantages of drinking water before meals, some health experts warn that drinking too much water might cause adverse side effects.
Consumption of large amounts of water can cause fits, brain inflammation and even death within a short period. Instead, health experts advise dieters to include watery nutritious dishes such as soups, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices and stews in the meals.