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Drinking more water helps shed pounds

Study confirms long-held belief in the link between water and weight loss


Scientists are now saying the best appetite suppressant to use for weight loss is plain old water. In a study described as the first randomized controlled trial on water and weight loss, Virginia Tech researchers found those who drank two, eight-ounce glasses of water about 20 minutes before meals lost some 2.3 kilograms more on average over 12 weeks than those who didn’t increase their water intake. “Everybody was successful in losing weight, but the water seemed to offer some added benefit,” said Brenda Davy, senior author and associate professor in the department of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech. The researchers found water fills the stomach, increasing feelings of fullness, and added water may have been substituting for caloric soft drinks. This finding may seem intuitive, but the team said they searched the medical literature for studies on water and weight loss, and “in spite of it being such a popular idea for those who need to lose weight, there was almost nothing that had been done, research-study wise,” said Davy.

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Drinking more water helps shed pounds

  1. This is something that is covered in every weightloss and fitness book I have ever read. I find if funny that there is so much research on every chemical created by big pharma and no research on simple natural solutions.

    • There's no profit in it, unlike pills. Unless, of course, you count things like reduced cost to the health care system. But that would mean doing accounting that goes beyond the next quarter and stock prices, and we're not interested in crap like that ; )

  2. Exercise helps too.

    This information came from my gut.

    • Agree, When alot of people hit a certain age, drink that much water around supper time and your pretty much gauranteed to get exercise ''trotting'' back and forth to the bathroom all night long…..

  3. This simple habit will also help to keep away many chronic ailments

  4. Since beer is 90% water… this is a nobrainer for those looking to get uber slim & fit.

    • Good point! Vodka also helps shed those unsightly pounds. Even though vodka is only 60% water, Russian researchers have determined that two eight-ounce glasses of vodka 20 minutes before meals not only decreases one's appetite, but also one's ability to eat the meal.

      • Lunches with Russians are dangerous for afternoons.