Drinking two glasses of water before or instead of meals can help people lose weight, various studies have shown.
The NHS recommends drinking 1.2 litres of water a day
An American study from Virginia scientists found that those looking to lose weight can shed an extra 5lb on average by drinking two glasses of water before meals every day.
This follows a study in the late 1990s from Pennsylvania State University's Laboratory for the Study of Human Ingestive Behaviour which found that consuming more water in your food can make you feel fuller and more satisfied with fewer calories.
The research from Virginia was presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston and tested the theory on 48 adults aged 55 to 75.
It found that drinking water made you feel fuller on zero calories but warned that too much water consumption could have serious adverse effects on your health.
DietAssist believes that most people judge how full they feel by the weight of their food rather than the calorie intake.
They say that rather than choosing the right amount of calories to consume each day, people eat roughly the same weight of food every day. By choosing foods high in weight but low in calories you can ‘trick’ the mind into feeling full.
Paul Howard, spokesperson for Diest Assist, said: "This simple trick has been used by virtually every diet in existence. It’s for good reason that all diet plans suggest eating more vegetables.
“When vegetables are steamed or cooked in the microwave they have very little calorie content, yet the brain sees a large quantity of food."
DietAssist have recently released a six-point plan to ‘eat more water’ in bid to help people lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. Much emphasis has been put on the consumption on fruit and vegetables, both of which have high water content, and can make you feel fuller during a meal.
“Water bound into food such as vegetables takes longer to exit the stomach and because portions can appear larger, this also tricks the brain into feeling fuller and more satisfied,” Howard said.
Some health insurance providers will reward you for buying fruit and vegetables and if you follow the recommended dietary guidelines you can keep your monthly premiums low.
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