Could Losing Weight Really Be as Easy as Drinking Water?

New study suggests drinking a glass of water before meals can help with weight loss

In a world where weight loss is an ongoing goal for so many, it seems like everyone’s looking for a quick fix. Generally speaking that doesn’t exist, but a recently published study might have some good news for those looking to shed a few pounds with minimal effort.

The study published in the research journal Obesity, suggests that simply drinking water before eating can result in weight loss. And that’s without making any other changes to diet or exercise.

To figure this out, researchers studied 84 adults who wanted to lose weight. One group was instructed to drink 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before eating and the other was told to imagine feeling full. At the end of the 12-week-long experiment, the group that drank water lost, on average, almost three pounds more than the second group—without changing other aspects of their lifestyle.

We’ve long known that water is key when it comes to weight loss, but studies like these can go a long way in expanding our understanding of hunger, thirst and weight control. While this is far from a total weight loss solution, at the very least, maybe this information will help promote better hydration.

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