The Magic Time to Drink Water for Weight Loss
A new study published in the journal Obesity, which can be found via WebMD, found that preloading water before meals helps you lose weight. The study looked at 84 obese adults and had 41 members of the group drink around 16 ounces of water before meals, while the other 43 adults were asked simply to imagine being full before digging into their food. (And yes, we’re talking pure, natural water here — no pre-packaged fizzy waters or store-bought bottles of flavored water that can sometimes also contain sugar or chemicals.
Interestingly, those who had the 16 ounces of H2O before meals lost an average of 2.87 pounds more than those who just pictured themselves full. In fact, over the course of the 12 weeks, those who filled up on water prior to eating the three main meals a day lost an average of 9.48 pounds, whereas doing it just once a day or not at all resulted in an average loss of 1.76 pounds.
So beyond potential weight loss, why else should you drink more water? Ah, if only we had enough time to count all the beneficial reasons for sipping on this elemental elixir. In addition to keeping your skin healthy, your bowels moving regularly, and your muscles energized, all of your cells and vital organs crave water to keep them running smoothly. If this doesn’t get you saying “cheers” to drinking up, we don’t know what will.
You can also get the essential liquid from soup, veggies, and fruits, but the majority of your intake comes from water and other beverages. Oh, and lest you think that’s license to go to town with coffee and brewskis, allow us to warn you: Alcohol and coffee actually act as diuretics, which work to flush water out of your body instead of into it.