Here’s yet another potential diet. Drink 2 glasses of water before every meal, and you’ll lose weight. That’s what a 12 week study has shown in middle aged people. They lost more weight than a control group that did not drink water. Both groups lost weight as they were instructed to follow a low fat, low calorie diet.
The caveat, according to the researchers at the department of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, is that you need to be “middle aged” for this simple trick to work. Young people’s metabolism is a bit faster and as a result the stomach starts to empty the water immediately as it enters. In older folks, the water stays in the stomach a bit longer, thus promoting a sense of fullness that reduces the feeling of hunger and ultimately the amount of food consumed.
We’re big fans of water, regardless of this study. If you are looking for the easiest and fastest way to start shedding pounds, make water your only drink. No sodas, juices, energy drinks, or frappuchinos. (OK, you can make exceptions, but you get the point…). Tap water is really cheap too, saving up hundreds of dollars for you to buy fresh tasty vegetables and fruits.