Can you really lose weight using something that is free, easy to get, and delicious when drank cold?
Well, according to researchers from the Department of Human Nutrition at Virginia Tech, the answer is "Yes, you can lose weight by drinking water."
Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Aug 6. Water Consumption Increases Weight Loss During a Hypocaloric Diet Intervention in Middle-aged and Older Adults.
Previous research had shown that drinking water reduces the amount of food that people eat at meals. So these scientists separated their subjects into two groups.
The first group dranking 2 cups of water (500mL) before each meal while on a calorie-restricted diet. The second group did not drink the extra water, but did use the same diet.
At the end of 12 weeks, the water drinking group lost an extra 4.4 pounds. Overall, that was a 44% increase in the amount of weight lost after just 12 weeks - all thanks to an extra 6 cups of water per day.
The researchers believe that the water helped subjects eat less at each meal, and therefore they lost more weight.
So simple. So cheap. So effective.
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