Water is essential to life. You may be able to go weeks without food, but you will die in a few days without water. You lose water everyday from sweating, urinating, and even breathing. All this lost water has to be replenished everyday for you to remain at optimal health.
Some of the most common advice given to people looking to improve their health and lose weight is to drink more water. Health professionals, myself included, are always touting the benefits of drinking water and how adding more H2O to your day can even help you lose weight…but is there scientific proof?
A New Study Linking Water to Weight Loss
A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2008 looked at the effect of having a couple of glasses of water 30 minutes before each meal versus not having water before each meal. There were a total of 24 participants in the the study. The participants were also either overweight or obese individuals who were middle-aged or older.
After three months, the study found some interesting results. Participants who drank a couple of cups of water before each meal lost 5 more pounds than the participants who didn’t increase their water intake. Even a year later, the water-drinking participants had also kept more weight off than there less hydrated peers.
Even though the sample size was small and the participants were middle-aged or older individuals, this is a first step in what will hopefully be a new strategy to fight obesity. With all the diet pills, bariatric surgeries, and fad diets, it is nice to see such a simple way of aiding in people’s weight loss attempts.