Forget fad diets and punishing exercise routines – the cure to middle-age spread may literally be on tap.
Scientists at Harvard say that drinking just one extra glass of water a day could be the secret to halting an expanding waistline.
The study found that over a 20-year period, adults in their thirties, forties and fifties gained nearly half a stone less simply by replacing one sugar-sweetened drink with a glass of water.
The research, carried out by a team from the Harvard School of Public Health, is one of the most comprehensive investigations into the long-term dietary benefits of drinking water instead of calorie-loaded fizzy drinks or fruit juices. It involved tracking the food and drink consumption of nearly 125,000 people over several decades. The team looked at adults who took part in three long-term studies carried out in the US from the mid-eighties up to 2007.
Researchers analysed changes in their eating and drinking habits as well as their weight gain on a regular basis over more than two decades. The results, published in the International Journal of Obesity, showed that every four years the men and women in the study gained an average of 1.5 kilos – which works out as more than three pounds. This meant that, over the 20 or so years they were studied, they put on well over a stone as middle age took its toll.
Source - Daily Mail