A recent study performed by Brenda Davey, Ph.D., of Virginia Tech University finally demonstrated what many people have been saying for years…
There is a virtually free ingredient that can accelerate fat loss.
And surprisingly, the benefit far exceeded expectations.
In a randomized, controlled intervention trial, 48 adults were divided into two groups. One group consumed two units of this ingredient prior to their meals. The other did not.
All of the subjects ate a low calorie diet during the study.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the group that consumed this ingredient lost 44% more weight than the group that did not.1
Want to Know What This “Magic Ingredient” Is?
I bet you do!
The answer is… WATER… Pure H2O!!!
Just two cups of water before every meal increased weight loss dramatically.
How is that for a low cost weight loss solution?
Researchers are not sure why the results are so pronounced, but their best guess is that drinking water before meals leads to less calories consumed per meal.
I will admit that I am a bit surprised at how dramatic the results are… but the data is clear and convincing.
One thing to note is that the two groups were both consuming low calorie diets. I doubt you can use this technique and lose any weight by eating unhealthy, high calorie meals… so it is NOT a panacea.
Also, preliminary research indicates that the results are more pronounced in older adults than in people in their teens and early 20’s.
I would say this could be a healthy habit at any age — but if you are a mature adult it appears that drinking water before meals is a very smart addition to your current efforts to stay healthy and slim.
Action Steps and Final Thoughts
1) Keep a 16oz water bottle with you at all times. It makes sense that if you keep water with you, you’re more likely to drink it. On the other hand, if you get hungry and water is not close by, chances are you’ll just start your meal without it and miss this powerful weight loss opportunity.
2) If you go out, ask your waiter for two glasses of water upon arrival. Or if you get take out, order a 16 oz bottle of water with your meal and drink it before you begin eating. Over time, this will become habitual and second nature to you.
Last thing… Before we wrap this up, I’d love to hear any thoughts or questions you have on this subject.
Do you struggle to drink enough water? Have you discovered a tip or trick that makes drinking enough water, especially before meals, any easier?
If so – or even if you just have a question – I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comment section below.
Until next time, I wish you the best success in your journey!
Steven Sisskind, M.D.
1. American Chemical Society (2010, August 23). Drink water to curb weight gain? Clinical trial confirms effectiveness of simple appetite control method.