A new study (published in the Obesity Research journal) has revealed that drinking 500 ml of water half and hour before dinner could help with your weight loss efforts.
What did the study involve?
During the study that was undertaken at the University of Birmingham in the UK, 84 adults were divided into 2 groups.
The first group were asked to consume 500 ml of water half an hour before dinner, while the second group were asked to imagine themselves feeling full before dinner.
What were the results of the study?
At the end of the 12 week trial, those who consumed the water before eating lost 95% more weight than those who had imagined themselves to be full.
What was the cause of these results?
The scientists who led this trial concluded that this weight loss was likely due to the water making the volunteers feel full. Therefore helping them to eat less.
The fewer calories you consume the more likely you are to successfully lose weight.
What other benefits of water are there?
There are various reasons why you should be consuming water rather than caffeinated soft drinks.
- It contains zero calories
- It can help flush toxins from your body; therefore helping to clear your skin
Tips to help you get more water
While you have no doubt heard that you should consume around 8-10 glasses of water a day, this is a myth as you should be consuming water in the food you eat too.
For those of us who eat plenty of fruit and vegetables daily you could be consuming as much as 20% of your water intake through your diet.
Regardless, if you struggle to get enough water into your body daily then the following tips could help:
1. Make it a morning habit; instead of reaching for the coffee first thing, have a glass of water instead
2. Get an app; there are apps available that can help give you reminders to keep up your water intake
3. Drink green tea; tea is made using boiling water so you can increase your water intake and experience further health benefits by swapping your usual hot beverage for green tea.
4. Eat your water; as stated above around 20% of your water intake should come from food. The following foods have a good amount of water: Cucumber, iceberg lettuce, watermelon, strawberries and grapefruit.
5. Keep a bottle of water to hand; if you have a bottle nearby you can sip constantly throughout the day.
6. Put a lemon or lime in it; while water is healthy it may be a little boring to taste. To give it a little flavour add a slice of lemon or lime.