Drinking Water May Help Dieters Lose Weight

Researchers find two cups before meals results in greater weight loss

TUESDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking water before a meal may help dieters reduce their caloric intake and, subsequently, succeed at weight loss, according to research presented at the national fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, held from Aug. 22 to 26 in Boston.

Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietician from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and colleagues randomized 48 adults 55 to 75 years of age to either drink two cups of water before their three daily meals or not do so over a 12-week period; a prior study had shown the practice to reduce intake by 75 to 90 calories per meal.

During the 12-week period, the water drinkers averaged a weight loss of about 15.5 pounds, while the non-water drinkers averaged an 11-pound weight loss. The extra weight loss in the water drinkers could be due to increased satiety or to replacement of high-calorie beverages with zero-calorie water, the researchers posit.

"People should drink more water and less [sic] sugary, high-calorie drinks. It's a simple way to facilitate weight management," Davy said in a statement.

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