Drinking approximately two cups of water half an hour before eating any meal has benefit for those seeking to lose weight.


This is the conclusion of a new research published in the journal ‘Obesity.’
The researchers found that individuals who drank approximately two cups of water half an hour prior to their meals lost more weight than those who did not during a three-month experiment.
Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health, or physical fitness, refers to a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue.
Weight loss can either occur unintentionally due to malnourishment or an underlying disease or arise from a conscious effort to improve an actual or perceived overweight or obese state, which raises the risk of coronary heart disease and other health problems.
According to the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC), healthy weight loss is not just about a ‘diet’ or ‘programme.’
It is about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
However, for the study, led by Elizabeth A. Dennis, director of Clinical Studies at South Texas College of Law in the United States, the research team asked a group of overweight and obese men and women to go on a 12-week diet.
Half of the individuals were asked to drink two cups of water before meals, the others were not.
A report in the 2016 NewsmaxHealth stated that the results showed all of the dieting participants lost weight (about 11-17 pounds), but those who drank water before meals lost an extra four pounds on average.
The researchers suggested drinking water before meals may make individuals eat less, but may also have the added benefit of increasing exercise levels – with the extra water requiring more trips to the restroom.

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