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People drinking 16 ounces of water before meals lost 15.5 lbs vs 11 lbs in non-water drinkers
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People assigned to consume 16-ounces of water before meals in addition to eating a low-calorie diet lost an average of 15.5 lbs in 3 months compared to 11 lbs in non-water drinkers according to a study from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
The study included 48 adults aged 55-75 years, divided into two groups.
One group drank 2 cups of water prior to their meals and the other did not.
All of the subjects ate a low-calorie diet during the study.
It is possible to drink too much water, a situation that can lead to a rare, but serious, condition known as water intoxication, Professor Brenda Davy, a coauthor of the study, pointed out.
Dennis EA, Dengo AL, Comber DL, Flack KD, Savla J, Davy KP, and Davy BM. Water consumption increases weight loss during a hypocaloric diet intervention in middle-aged and older adults. Obesity (Silver Spring), 2010 Feb; 18(2): 300-307.
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Brenda Davy, PhD
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
221 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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