Researchers at the University of Birmingham have come up with a simple, yet highly effective solution for people who want to lose weight with minimum efforts. Based on their conclusions, drinking water before meals can help obese people slim down.
The study was conducted by Dr Helen Parretti, a professor at the University of Birmingham, who wanted to determine the effects of tap water on humans’ physical condition. Her interest on the matter stems from the numerous theories that have been previously issued claiming that water is either good or bad for humans’ body.
A large group of respondents with obese affections has been formed for the current study. Participants were divided into two groups: one group of 41 individuals and the second one of 43 individuals. The evolution of all respondents was observed all throughout the 12-week period.
Participants in the first group were given precise instructions on how much water they should drink and during what time intervals of the day. The rest of the respondents were asked to recall the satiating sensation and focus on it before every meal.
Figures indicated that water can help us significantly reduce our body mass index. Participants, who drank 500 grams (16 ounces) of water before one meal lost 1.3 kg (2.87 pounds) during the experiment. Results were even more obvious for people who consumed water before every meal to get rid of the munchies.
According to researchers, these respondents lost 4.3kg (9.48 pounds) by the end of the 12-week interval. No visible results were observed among participants in the second group, who were told to rely on their imagination to stay their hunger.
Helen Parretti was incredibly pleased with the findings of her new study. She told reporters that the real beauty of the study consists in its simplicity. Obese people can finally lose weight by simply increasing their daily water intake.
However, certain rules must be observed. Patients must still follow a healthy diet and balance it with physical exercises whenever this is possible. Sodas, mineral water and sweets must be avoided at all costs to obtain similar results to the ones in the experiment.
Parretti thinks results are highly positive, especially since her new weight loss method requires no major efforts on behalf of patients. She hopes medical experts will accept her new study and will allow her to test the method on a larger scale.
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