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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 22:50

Simple Weight Loss Tip Works Like Weight Watchers

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In a recent blog (11 Tips to Breaking Bad Eating Habits) we discussed the weight loss advantages of drinking water before a meal.

"Your stomach is a muscle that can stretch. If you eat a hearty meal followed by a glass of water, your stomach will expand, causing you to eat more at the next meal in order to feel satiated. So drink a large glass of water at the beginning of the meal. This will cause you to feel full sooner, before you pack in more calories."

This week, Time Magazine published an article on the efficacy of drinking water before a meal ("water preloading") for weight loss. The article is based on a new study from the University of Birmingham in the U.K.

Dr. Amanda Daley and colleagues conducted a 12-week experiment in which 84 adults were divided into two groups. One group drank 16 oz of water before their meals. The other group was told to imagine their stomachs full. According to Time, "The group that loaded up on water lost about three more pounds than the group that didn’t up their water intake. And the more they drank, the better the results; people who drank 16 ounces before every meal lost about 4.3 kg, or 9 pounds, over the course of the experiment. 'That's about what you get from going to Weight Watchers for 12 weeks,' Daley says. 'That's a real success.'"

An abstract of the study, published in the research journal, "Obesity," is available at Wiley Online. The complete study is available for download on the same page.

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