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Can Drinking Water Before Meals Aid Weight Loss?

For ages, dieters have been encouraged to employ a simple trick -- drink water before meals. The reasoning is that the water fills your stomach, reducing hunger. But does it work?

Research shows that it does. A recent study followed a group of overweight subjects age 55 and up. Half the people were told to drink two cups of water before every meal. At the end of the study, those who drank the water lost more than 15 pounds, on average, while those who didn’t lost only 11. However, another study showed a similar result, but only in older adults -- there was little effect on subjects under 35.

According to the New York Times:

“It’s not clear why, but the researchers pointed out that because older adults are at increased risk of being overweight and obese, further studies should determine whether this is effective for the aging population.”

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