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Could Drinking Water Before Meals Help You Lose Weight?
Date:8/23/2010

tudy situation?" Wolper said. "We know there are a lot of simple things people could do to lose weight. Clinical trials have shown if people write down what they eat, they lost twice as much weight. Yet it's very hard to get people to write down what they eat. Or, if people would reduce portions just a little bit, they would lose weight. But people don't do it."

The same goes for drinking more water. Even seemingly small changes require commitment. "Changing a pattern of behavior is complicated, and requires time and energy," Wolper said.

Still, it could be worth a try, she added. "Unless people overload on water, it's harmless, inexpensive. And if over the course of the entire day, it reduces the amount of food people take in, then of course it's a good idea," Wolper said.

Dieticians often will suggest a non-caloric drink such as club soda with lemon, diet soda or tea to help resist the urge to snack after dinner, Wolper said.

More information

The Harvard School of Public Health has more on eating a healthy diet.

SOURCES: Brenda Davy, Ph.D, R.D., associate professor, department of human nutrition, foods and exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.; Carla Wolper, Ed.D., assistant professor, Eating Disorders Center, Columbia University and research faculty, New York Obesity Research Center, St. Luke's Hospital, New York City; Barry Popkin, Ph.D, director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and professor, department of nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Aug. 23, 2010, presentation, American Chemical Society annual meeting, Boston


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