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Drinking water and weight loss


Posted by Kristen D.

I'll admit, I've always had trouble believing that water would make you feel less hungry. I've tried it before, but again, I'll admit I don't think I've ever drank enough at one time to make a difference.
My questions about whether water consumption really affects weight loss are being addressed by Barbara Rolls, author of "The Volumetrics Eating Plan," and recently featured in an MSNBC article. According to Rolls, in her Penn State lab, studies showed that drinking up to 16 ounces of water either before or during a meal did not impact food intake, explaining that the water empties too quickly from the stomach to have a significant effect on hunger.
Rolls suggests that losing weight with water can be done by eating fruits and vegetables, as well as soups. She says that in meals high in water content, the water adds weight and volume to the meal, but not calories.
Something interesting to think about, and I'd be interested to hear how others feel about this? Do you think drinking lots of water during the day has helped your weight control?
 
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I need hand / mouth activity going on. Constantly having a glass of water with me significantly cuts down on my snacking. Also, I drink a lot of water during my meals (esp at restaurants), this slows down my eating, enabling me to realize I'm full before I've totally gorged.
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