Wonderful Weight Benefits Of Drinking Water Before Meals

Winter months have traditionally been the most critical part of the year, when most people gain some more weight, and that is the result of many holidays, celebrations, low physical activity etc. However, there are some small things that can be done to prevent gaining weight. One of those things is to drink a glass of water before every meal. In fact, most people who have regular meals but low physical activity have a problem with their weight. So it is advisable to drink a glass of water before meals, as it reduces appetite and the stomach will have little space for food.

Relationship between drink water and weight loss

A recent study done in the U.S. confirmed that this fact is true and experts were focused on the answers of the following two questions: Does this system work and If it works? With whom and how it works?

Judging from a study published in the journal “Obesity” experts from Virginia came up with interesting results. They followed a group of older respondents (55 years and older) “exposed” to low-calorie diet for three months. Now, for all this to be more “interesting”, one group drank water before every meal (about 2 cups), and in the other group participants drank water when they were thirsty (never before meals).

Results of the research

After three months, participants who drank water before every meal, on average reduced more than 7 kg/ 15.5 lbs, while the other group failed to reduce the average of 5 kg/ 11 lbs. The differences of 2 kg/4.5 lbs seems to be small, but yearly that means 8 kg/ 17.5 pounds, and all that is required to be done is to drink water before every meal.

Also, a study published in 2008, shows a similar effect as well as the already mentioned study by experts from Virginia and the experts of this study accurately measured and found that people who drank water before each meal entered 13% less calories!

How it helps?

There is some evidence that drinking water before each meal may help aid weight loss when used in conjunction with a calorie-controlled diet.

Appetite suppression: Drinking water prior to each meal may help in appetite suppression. This had been a folk remedy for overeating for many years, and is recommended by some dieticians and stipulated in some scientific studies. Drinking water prior to meals fills up the tummy, making one feel fuller for a longer time and less hungry.

Increase metabolism: Drinking water before meals aids digestion, and speed weight loss. It helps the body to break down the food and absorb its nutrients. In order to do this, the metabolism gets increased, thus burning more number of calories in the body. This in turn helps lose weight quickly.

Hydration: Sometimes, there are chances that the body will often feel hungry when it feels dehydrated. By drinking a glass of water in such situations, if one feels hungry again after 10 minutes, then they are really hungry. Otherwise, if drinking water suppresses the hunger then it is thirst. This in fact prevents craving or consuming additional foods when it is not really required.

Energy distribution: As mentioned above, since the metabolism increases and more calories get burnt, the energy released is also high compared to the normal diet. This in fact helps one to work out longer as the body is hydrated as well as has enough energy. Since one does not feel tired very soon. Longer workouts lead to burning more calories again which is in turn responsible for weight loss.

Small tricks, such as a glass of water, 30 minutes before each meal – can yield excellent long-term results. Therefore, be careful during holidays and celebrations- consume more Healthy Foods, drink more water, continue with Healthy Eating Habits, and let water be part of Healthy Drinks list. In fact replacing the sodas or juices with a glass of water is an excellent way to shed pounds without much efforts. Consuming enough water throughout the day, not just before meals, is an excellent way to lead a healthy life. Happy and healthy slimming with water!!!!!