More: Little-Known Tips For Losing Weight & Keeping It Off
At the end of the 3-month experiment, the adults who drank water before their meals dropped, on average, three more pounds than the other group. On top of that, those who drank 16 ounces before eating lost about nine pounds throughout the trial. All thanks to their H20 consumption.
Here's more proof: Forty-one overweight women in Gainesville, Florida were put to a weight loss challenge. In their program (which is featured in Tighten Your Tummy in 2 Weeks), they were tasked with drinking about 16 ounces of ice water before every meal, and attribute their constant hydration to their success. A tumbler of water before eating translates into a speedier loss of fat and a strengthening of muscle, and this is how you can make sure you’re getting 16 ounces before every meal:
1. Keep it handy.
If your water bottle is always within reach, you'll be more likely to sip all day long. Fill up a large tumbler with ice water and keep it on your desk at work. Take one to the gym. Leave one in your car. Make it a habit to drink a tumbler of ice water before every meal and snack.
2. Add flavorings.
"Add slices of lemons or limes to your ice water for taste variety," suggests Joan Cortez, who lost 26 pounds in 12 weeks. Or try calorie-free or low-calorie flavor packets. Drop a few droplets in and get a change in flavor that'll give your tastebuds a nice surprise—without a major calorie kick.
3. Practice feeling full.
As you've learned, water helps you feel fuller. Reminding yourself that water is your secret weight-loss weapon may make it easier to meet your daily quota. "Whenever I felt hungry, I reached for my water bottle and sipped a lot of water at once to feel full," says Barbara Trombetta, who 15 pounds with the program. "Doing so got me to the next snack or meal." Nannette Carnes, who, at 79, also completed the program, says, "I knew that the more water I drank, the less hungry I would feel. I also knew that drinking ice-cold water would burn more fat."