If you want to shed those extra pounds, invest in a refillable water bottle. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in England recently published a study in the journal Obesity that revealed drinking a glass of water before a meal can actually help you lose weight.
For the experiment, 84 adults with obesity were recruited and randomly divided into two groups. The first 41-member group were told to drink about 16 ounces of tap water 30 minutes before their main meals, while the second 43-member group were told to imagine they had a full stomach before eating.
Not surprisingly, the group who drank water before eating lost, on average, about three pounds more than the other group did. And even more incredible is those who drank water before consuming all three daily meals said they loss almost 10 pounds over 12 weeks.
"Losing a few extra pounds over the course of a year can be significant to an individual, and this could be an easy way to help with that weight loss," said study author Dr. Helen Parretti, NIHR clinical lecturer at the University of Birmingham. "It's a simple message that has the potential to make a real contribution to public health."
While we know staying hydrated is important for our health and body, this scientific study proves that the glass of water you're drinking at restaurants before you eat will also help you save on calories. Go, water! And if you are not completely on board with drinking more water, these fruit-infused variations will change your mind.