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Drinking Water Before Meals May Aid With Weight Loss

Each year, obesity causes approximately 300,000 premature deaths in the United States. A recent study suggests that drinking a 2 cup glass of water thirty minutes before a meal may help obese adults lose weight.

Participants in the study included 84 obese adults. Forty-one of the participants were instructed to drink a 2 cup glass of tap water thirty minutes before eating all three main meals of the day. The other 43 participants were instructed to imagine that they had a full stomach before they started eating. All of the participants were given a weight management consultation and told how to change their lifestyle, including improving their diets and levels of physical activity.

At the conclusion of the study, the participants who had preloaded with water lost an average 2.87 lbs more than those in the control group. The researchers suggest that instructing obese adults to simply drink water, then, could be an effective way to encourage weight loss.

Researchers from the University of Birmingham conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 3, 2015, in the journal Obesity.

Obesity has far ranging negative effect on health, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome and sleep apnea.

Improving eating habits and increasing physical activity play a vital role in preventing obesity. It is recommended that people eat five to six servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It also recommended to get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity every day.

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