A new study conducted at the University of Birmingham, found that drinking water before you eat could help you lose weight.

These findings were published in the Obesity journal; 84 obese adults partook in the study which spanned over 12 weeks.

Participants were given an ‘in-person weight management consultation’ and were advised to drink a pint of water which is equivalent to two glasses, 30 minutes before they had a ‘mean meal’; whereas the other half were told to imagine that their stomachs were full before they sat down to eat.

A follow-up consultation took place two weeks into the study via phone.

Although both groups experienced weight loss at the end of the 12 weeks, but the participants that chugged down water lost 3 more pounds than those who were in the imagination group.

Among the former group, those who said that they always drank before each meal, or preloaded, lost 9.8 pounds compared to the 1.76 pounds lost by those who only preloaded once a day or not at all.”

Information combined with brief instructions on how to up their amount of physical activity and a healthy diet seems to assist people in achieving weight loss at a healthy rate.

Lead author of the study, Dr Helen Paretti says that this is something that should not be that difficult to add to people’s busy lives.

Wondering how they managed to ensure that the participants adhered to the water ritual? Researchers used several measures to ensure that the participants followed through, including 24-hour urine collections.

Although this study might be a preamble, a 2013 study which was published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, discovered that people who ‘preloaded’ before a meal with ‘low-calorie but nutritionally valuable foods like yogurt and salad (as well as water’ , saw a greater decrease in weight as well as other health factors like cardiovascular diseases.

Paretti and her team are hoping to dig deeper into this concept and hope to confirm their findings as it could be an amazing benefit to those who struggle with weight loss.

“Losing a few extra pounds over the course of a year can be significant to an individual, and this could be an easy way to help with that weight loss”.

Sources: Medical Daily

Alice Paulse