Most of us know that good hydration – in other words, a decent intake of water – helps with weight loss but, surprisingly, studies are few and far between.
That’s why we were especially interested in this research from Virginia Tech in the USA.
A researcher designed a study involving 48 adults and divided them into two groups of 24. All 48 were given an identical diet plan, the only difference being that one group drank two cups of water before meals, and the others didn’t.
After 12 weeks, the water drinkers had lost an average of 15.5lbs (just over 7kg), while the non-water drinkers lost an average of 11lbs (just under 5kg) – a difference of 30% JUST FROM DRINKING WATER!
If you want to lose weight, WATER WORKS! It helps you feel fuller, but also
- Boosts your energy, helping your blood flow and the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to your cells
- Keeps you regular, meaning better digestion – essential for weight loss
- Helps avert muscle cramping and lubricates you joints, so you can exercise longer, harder and more effectively
- Means you’re not drinking something less healthy instead
- Hydrates your skin, making you look and feel better (OK, nothing to do with weight loss but – hey – who’s going to complain about looking better?)
Water does not contain any miraculous fat-burning properties (more’s the pity!) and, in and of itself will not make you lose weight. However, it IS an essential part of an overall weight management strategy which you’d be well advised to incorporate into your daily routine.