A new study reveals that water can be a very important tool that could help you lose weight faster and more efficiently. Drinking 500 ml of tap water thirty minutes before your main meals could have a significant effect on your waistline.
The researchers from the University of Birmingham monitored 84 obese patients for about three months. These participants received helpful professional advice regarding the means they could employ to adopt a healthier lifestyle, exercise more and eat better.
After they were counseled, half of the participants were asked to think that their stomach was full before they started eating and the other half to drink a 500 ml bottle of water before their main meals.
After the 12-week trial, the results showed that those who consumed water before they ate one meal had lost an average of 1.3 kg more than the other participants. The ones who drank the suggested amount of water before all the three main meals lost about 4.3 kg over this period of time.
The method is as simple as it can get and it is not necessary for people to use anything but tap water. The study was initially designed to check the effect of tap water on people’s physical condition.
The lead study author, Helen Parretti, who is a professor and researcher at the University of Birmingham is extremely happy with the findings and says that they can prove very useful to all those who are fighting obesity worldwide. Moreover, it is a healthy and safe method, because the benefits of drinking plenty of water are countless. Hopefully, the method will be tested on a larger sample of people.
With obesity rates constantly going up, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. It should be noted that water alone cannot help much if our diet consists of loads of junk food and sugar and we don’t exercise at all.
The results of the study were published in the journal Obesity.
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