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Looking for ways to shed those extra kilos around your waistline? Worry not, according to a study, drinking water along with a meal can fill the stomach and signal the brain to stop eating. The findings showed that the brain listens to the stomach during eating.
Drinking more water can alter messages from the stomach which can be interpreted as fullness by the brain. Further, intake of water along with a meal can increase stomach distension, curb appetite in the short term as well as increase the regional brain activity.
This means anyone who is looking to lose weight or cut down on eating would benefit from a large drink with their meals.
For the study, the team collected data from 19 participants during two separate sessions with different consumption procedures.In the experiment, participants drank a milk-shake on an empty stomach, which was followed by a small (50ml) or large glass of water (350ml).
The large glass of water doubled the content in the stomach compared to the small glass. Those who drank the large glass also felt less hungry and felt fuller. The real time data of the brain, the stomach, and people’s feelings of satiety was measured simultaneously during the meal.