Water assists in weight loss, study finds

Individuals who have tried every method in the book to lose weight and improve their heart health but have seen few results may want to try simply drinking some water before their meals. A new study from Virginia Tech researchers has found that this may be one of the most effective ways to shed extra pounds.

While it may seem too simple, easy and inexpensive to be true, the results showed that individuals who drank two, eight-ounce glasses of water before a meal consumed an average of 75 to 90 fewer calories per meal.

“In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake,” said Brenda Davy, who led the study. “People should drink more water. It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management.”

However, she warned that substituting sugary, sweetened drinks for water before meals would likely not have the same effects. In fact, they may contribute to weight gain. Water appears to be the “gold standard,” she said.