Researchers have discovered a powerful, efficient and healthy weapon that can help obese adults lose more weight – drinking water before each meal.
Obesity may have started as an issue that threatened the health of Americans (it still does), but an increasing numbers of studies conducted in recent years have revealed that it’s quickly becoming one of the main health concerns across the planet.
Field experts blame fast food chains primarily. As these restaurants spread thought various countries, more people have easy access to their products, and despite being notorious for their harmful effects, people seem to love them.
But a team of researches from Great Britain made a discovery that may repair the situation to a certain extent. Dr. Helen Parretti and her colleagues say that drinking just 500 ml of water, half an hour (30 minutes) before each meal will help obese adults lose more pounds than they would otherwise.
Dr. Parretti, study author and member of the University of Birmingham (the UK), offered a statement saying that the discovery is so beautiful because it’s so simple. She went on to explain that simply “drinking a pint of water, three times a day, before your main meals may help reduce your weight”.
This is not the first time health experts are crediting water with a health benefit. Over the years, members of the medical community have informed that water regulates an individual’s body temperature, it keeps them hydrated, it helps them with their digestion, it cleans their body of toxins, it carries oxygen and nutrients to their cells, it lubricates their joints, it protects their organs and body tissue.
What’s more, a fairly recent study conducted in 2013 showed that people who want to boost their brain performance should drink water before starting the mental task.
For their study, Dr. Parretti and her team picked out 84 obese adults and assigned them randomly to one of the these groups: subjects who were asked to drink 500 ml plain water half an hour before eating a meal (the researchers called this process “preloading”), a habit that had to last for 12 weeks and repeat itself on a daily basis before each meal, and subjects who were simply asked to start each meal by imagining that they felt full. The second set of subjects also acted as a control group for the first.
Both sets of subjects attended weight management consultations where experts told them what to do to improve their diet and their physical activity levels. They were also called two (2) weeks after this for a follow-up consultation.
Once the researchers started to compare the results, they saw a clear pattern. On average, the test subjects who consumed 500 ml plain water before their meals lost 9.48 Ibs (4.3 kg), whereas the test subjects who were simply asked to imagine that they were full only lost 1.76 Ibs (0.8 kg), on average.
While the study was not made to reveal the reasons why consuming water before a meal allows obese people to lose more weigh, Dr. Parretti has a couple of theories. One of them is that “drinking water increases your metabolic rate temporarily” and the other is that water “makes you feel fuller so you then eat less at mealtimes”.
The study was published recently, in the medical journal Obesity.
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