Want To Lose Weight? Simple – Drink Water!

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Photo: Matthew Bowden (www.digitallyrefreshing.com)

Can it really be this easy? It certainly won’t cost much to try it out (just don’t use bottled water!). From Business Week:

Close the diet books and skip the pills. The latest weight-loss trick may be as simple as gulping a couple of glasses of water before you eat.

A new study found that middle-aged and older adults who drank two cups of water before each meal consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who skipped drinking water.

Researchers divided two groups of overweight and obese men and women aged 55 to 75 into two groups: one group was told to follow a low-fat, low-calorie diet; the other group was told to follow the same diet and to drink two cups of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner.

After 12 weeks, those who drank water before meals had lost 15.5 pounds, compared to 11 pounds for the non-water drinkers, a nearly 30 percent difference.

The researchers got the idea for the weight-loss program from their prior research, which found that when middle-aged and older adults drank water before meals, they ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories at the meal.

What they weren’t sure about, however, was if water drinkers would compensate by eating more throughout the rest of the day, said senior study author Brenda Davy, an associate professor in the department of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech. But after 12 weeks of dieting, that didn’t happen…

[continues at Business Week]


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19 Comments on "Want To Lose Weight? Simple – Drink Water!"

  1. Screw y'all, I'm drinkin' bottled water specifically because you say I shouldn't.

    To hell with water Nazis.

    • That one water bottle waste takes 1000 years to biodegrade (at least), you selfish pr1ck

    • Yeah, that's an attitude I should take advice from regarding politics and how I should live my life.

      Screw y'all back, I'm votin' for politicians that'll tax your ass five times more than it is now and give the money to poor people, women, and immigrants. To hell with white businessmen.

    • 17-99-22 1/2 | Aug 25, 2010 at 9:03 am |

      I think what the article was implying is that water dieting is a cheap method unless you use bottled water. There are plenty of water nazis out there but I don't think the authors were going for that.

    • E.B. Wolf | Aug 25, 2010 at 9:51 am |

      Good for you! The idea of not paying $1.49 a bottle for water is nothing more than a Marxist plot anyway.

  2. Bottle your own water. DIY.

  3. justagirl | Aug 24, 2010 at 10:00 am |

    my bottled water won't stand up anymore. damn eco-friendly bottles. first, they're all “bottled water is so pure and convenient”. then, they couldn't handle the mass consumption and waste. “WOAH! now bottled water BAAAAD FOR YOUUUUU and the enVIRonmenT.” i'm gonna drink iT, and toss…

  4. This is actually a pretty old dieting 'trick' to make you feel fuller… Old news is old.

  5. Thelovelybrenda | Aug 24, 2010 at 11:27 am |

    dr batmanghelidj has always said to drink more water. he said most of our illnesses including obesity are nothing more than dehydration manifested in different parts of the body. http://watercure.com/

  6. WTF are the options if one isn't supposed to drink bottled water? A. Drink tap water that is purposely contaminated with toxin fluoride under the guise of it helping tooth decay (which it doesnt), so that companies don't have to dispose of their waste saftely and more expensively. Not to mention the other chemicals and pharmaceuticals in tap water B. Buy a ridiculously expensive filter system for said tap water, and expensive filters every few months.

    • Why would you assume that bottled water isn't also contaminated with essentially the same things that tap water contains?

    • you'd be surprised how many bottled waters are from municipal sources, aka tap water. dont' want the flouride? collect rain water.

  7. A Bad Joke | Aug 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm |

    Drinking water improves overall health, its something I learned in the Army. Drink it till you piss clear! Then drink some more!

    Just stay away from that flouridated crap.

  8. So really what it boils down to is – if you want to lose weight…..uh…….eat less.

  9. E.B. Wolf | Aug 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm |

    Good for you! The idea of not paying $1.49 a bottle for water is nothing more than a Marxist plot anyway.

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