Did you know that the latest, greatest health supplement to help you on that journey to coveted weight loss isn’t a diet pill or trick- it’s good old fashioned water! No, you’re not reading that wrong. Something as simple as downing a few glasses of good old fashioned H2O before each meal could significantly impact the results you see on the scale- in the best way possible.

New Research into the oldest nutritional supplement there is

We all know we should be better hydrated- and no, good hydration doesn’t mean pouring another cup of hot coffee down your throat- but very few of us heed the warnings of our doctors and health gurus. Now it looks like there’s yet another reason to make certain you get your daily recommended dose of water- weight loss.read more information on your daily recommended fluid intake at http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/water.html

Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society suggests that it’s as simple as drinking 2 8 ounce glasses before each meal. Of course, it’s not a magic diet pill- you’ll still need to be cutting back on those portion sizes- but the research seems firm- it will help you lose the weight and keep it off. Participants were monitored for up to a year in a randomised controlled trial.

This is the first batch of research into this neglected health supplement, but it backs up decades of conventional wisdom. The study participants were all clinically obese individuals between 55 and 75. All participants were given a low-calorie diet, but only half required to match the water consumption. Those who drank the water were, on average, 4.5 pounds lighter than the control group and kept it off for a year at least. Better results than any diet pill can claim! Most of the study participants carried over their new doctor-approved drinking habit into their new lifestyle.

Drinking enough to stay well hydrated has other benefits, too. Not only does it keep the skin looking younger and fresher, it can help soothe away insomnia issues, is part of keeping diabetes at bay and helps the blood and lymph systems of the body run as they’re supposed too, as well as kidneys and other waste-processing systems like the liver.Click here to read a good post about hidden dangers of supplements and Vitaments

So why does this health supplement trick work?

It’s simple. Drink enough, and you’ll be too full to suck down those extra calories which would have been pure overeating. Additionally, fresh clean water tends to put you off soda and other ‘hidden calorie’ beverages. There’s also a psychological benefit to the visual reminder the routine of drinking the glasses provides.

Is it a one-size-fits-all?

Each individual will have different hydration needs, but the average recommended doses [2.7 litres for women and 3.7 for men] are a sound place to start. It can seem a daunting routine at first, so be sure to keep a drink bottle with you at all times and get into the habit of sipping throughout the day. And remember, these results rely on plain, straight water- not calorie or artificial sweetener laden flavoured or ‘vitamin’ waters.

Make water your new diet pill, and see an instant boost in your health.