Exciting news for those of you trying to reduce your waistlines…
Obesity is a prevalent public health problem associated with a number of severe health effects and those over 40 are at increased risk of being overweight. This risk may be due to a decrease in energy expenditure, reduced energy requirements, or an increased susceptibility to excess energy consumption in this stage of life. Increasing daily water consumption is widely recognized as a weight loss strategy, yet there is actually little data to support this. From studies that are available, it has been shown that:
Energy intake (EI) is significantly lower in water drinkers than non-water drinkers (1),
substituting water for energy-containing beverages decreases self-reported EI (2)
increasing self-reported daily water consumption by 1 litre or more in overweight women is associated with increased weight loss (3), and
water consumption with a meal reduces ratings of hunger and increases ratings of satiety (4,5).
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that pre-meal water consumption would lead to greater weight loss in older overweight and obese individuals consuming a hypocaloric diet. The secondary objective was to determine if water intake before a meal to reduce meal EI is sustained after a 12-week period of increased water consumption in older overweight and obese adults.
Both groups (with and without water prior to eating) experienced significant weight loss but a greater decline in weight (44% greater) was found for the water group.
The decline in total fat mass was greater for the water group.
Mean daily EI, energy and ED (energy density) from food, and beverage ED declined similarly in both groups.
Total dietary ED from food and beverage declined more in the water group as compared to the non-water group.
The water group participants demonstrated greater increases in water and total fluid consumption than the non-water group participants.
There were no differences between groups for all other outcome measures.
No gender differences were found for measures in the groups.
Proper nutrition and heart health go hand in hand. It is important to have a diet low in saturated fat and sodium. Include high fiber foods, and healthy fats. Get enough protein and vitamins. Do you know how to read a food label?
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