A team of British researchers decided to find out what would happen if overweight adults drank 16 oz (2 glasses) of water 30 minutes before each meal.
Would the water, along with a reduced-calorie diet, bolster weight-loss efforts?
After 12 weeks, the preloaders lost nearly 3 pounds more than those who followed the reduced-calorie diet alone. The water helped the preloaders feel fuller, which in turn made them eat less.
An article on eatclean.com tells of one person who decided to give this a try.
What would happen if she tried preloading without making any other changes to her diet?
- Would she eat less without feeling deprived?
- Would she lose weight?
- Or would she just be running to the bathroom every 20 minutes?
For two weeks, she diligently drank 2 glasses of water before almost every meal. At first she tried to preload precisely 30 minutes before digging in. But after a few days, she simply guzzled the water right before her meal. That made her feel stuffed, so she kept it up.
- She found that she regularly left about a quarter of her food untouched.
- She also found that even though eating less, she didn’t feel like she was missing out on anything.
- Plus, she noticed that she had a bit more energy, especially in the afternoons after lunch.
At the end of 2 weeks she weighed 1.5 pounds less than when she started. Not a ton, obviously, but considering that the only change she’d made was drinking more water, she was pretty impressed.
“Loading up on water really is an easy, painless way to cut your portions and support your efforts to lose weight,” she ends her story. “Just be sure to always have a bathroom nearby. You’re gonna be peeing a lot.”
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