The article below contains what has to be the easiest, safest dieting/weight loss tip ever. So far this weight loss tip has only been demonstrated in older adults. But if you are an older adult it is soooo simple and harmless, you might want to give it a try. All you have to do is drink some water before a meal:
Half of the dieters were randomly assigned to drink a 16-ounce bottle of water before all three meals. The others received water but were not given any instructions about when or how to drink it.
Twelve weeks later, the water drinkers had lost an average of 15.5 pounds, compared to an average 11-pound loss in the other group. That’s a 44 percent boost in weight loss, just from drinking water.
“That’s a 44 percent boost in weight loss, just from drinking water.” If you are dieting, it couldn’t hurt to try it and see if it helps.
This article is also interesting if you are trying to boost your water consumption because of these two quotes:
Some people prefer carbonated water to still water, and may find it easier to increase their water intake via consuming more carbonated water, rather than by consuming more still water. One study states that consumers of carbonated water prepared at home had significantly higher mean drinking water intake (tap + bottled + carbonated water) in percentage of total water intake than non-consumers
You make carbonated water at home with something like a SodaStream.
A 2010 study conducted those who drank two eight-ounce glasses of water before each meal consumed 75 to 90 fewer calories while eating. Over three months, water-drinkers lost an average of five pounds more than the dieters who were parched
Drinking more water certainly is not going to hurt anything, and there is a good amount of evidence that it will help people who are trying to lose weight.