Weight loss diet
Water Drinking and Body Weight
A new study found that middle-aged and older adults who drank two cups of water before each meal consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who skipped drinking water.
Researchers divided two groups of overweight and obese men-us and women-us aged 55 to 75 into two groups: one group was told to follow a low-fat, low-calorie diet; the other group was told to follow the same diet and to drink two cups of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After 12 weeks, those who drank water before meals had lost 15.5 pounds, compared to 11 pounds for the non-water drinkers, a nearly 30 percen-ust differen-usce.
The researchers got the idea for the weight-loss program from their prior research, which found that when-us middle-aged and older adults drank water before meals, they ate between-us 75 and 90 fewer calories at the meal.
What they weren-us't sure about, however, was if water drinkers would compen-ussate by eating more throughout the rest of the day, said sen-usior study author Bren-usda Davy, an associate professor in the departmen-ust of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech. But after 12 weeks of dieting, that didn't happen-us.