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Water shown to aid in weight loss, study findsPosted On Tue, August 31, 2010
People who are overweight stand to benefit greatly from losing weight. Those who carry excess pounds are increasing their risk of developing diabetes and some forms of cancer. Being overweight may also contribute to someone paying higher life insurance premiums.
The reasons why people shy away from losing weight vary. Some people put off battling their waistlines because they don't like the way healthy food tastes. Others feel that gym memberships and the like are too costly for their budget or simply don't have the time.
Researchers from Virginia have discovered a tool that helps people lose weight and can silence people who say they can't lose weight for the aforementioned excuses - drinking water.
The researchers split a group of adults into two groups. Both consumed a low-calorie diet, but one also consumed two glasses of water before each meal.
After 12 weeks, those who consumed water lost five pounds more than those who didn't. The researchers attribute the difference in weight loss to people feeling fuller by drinking water before eating.
The researchers warn that while drinking water does have health benefits, consuming mass quantities also posses a health risk.
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