August 30, 2010

Will filling up on H2O before a meal help you eat fewer calories? Some researchers say yes, based on a brand new clinical trial confirming that two 8-ounce glasses of agua before meals helped people shed more pounds.

The scientists who studied the link had found earlier research concluding that when middle aged and older people drank two cups of water right before eating a a meal they ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories.

The new study included 48 adults between the ages of 55 and 75 who were divided into two groups. The first group drank 2 cups of water before meals. The second did not, but both groups ate a low-calorie diet. Over the course of 12 weeks the group who gulped extra water lost about 15.5 pounds compared to about 11 pounds for the non-water bunch.

So if you're not in the habit of starting your meals with water should you give it a try? It's definitely worth a shot, but I wouldn't say it's a weight control ringer, since it's not completely clear how the extra water works - and this study was done with a fairly small group of older adults.

But if filling up a bit with water caused you to eat just 100 fewer calories a day, that could be enough to lose 10 pounds over the course of a year. And if the extra fluid correct a slight dehydration, it could boost your metabolism, since water is an essential calorie-burning component.

Prior to this research I've had many clients try adding water as a weight loss strategy, and at the very least it does seem to create a healthy domino effect. Most say drinking more pure water makes them feel "cleaner" and motivates them to eat healthier than when they sip on regular or diet cola or coffee. What do you think? Does making water your main beverage cause you to choose healthier meals?

Does water fill you up? Please share your thoughts!

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