Drinking Water Before Meals May Help You Lose Weight

Does the old weight loss advice to drink water before a meal really help? A new study says it just might. Finding simple, low-cost and effective strategies for weight loss could mean lower cancer risk for thousands of Americans every year because too much body fat is a cause of ten cancers, including colorectal and post-menopausal breast.

The 12 week study, published in Obesity, randomized 84 obese adults into two groups: one group was told to drink 2 cups of water 30 minutes before meals and the other to imagine their stomachs were full 30 minutes before their meals. All participants were given a half hour session on weight management strategies and all received a follow-up phone call later to gauge how closely they were following their plan – either water drinking or stomach imagining. The researchers also sent them text messages reminders and participants completed questionnaires about compliance throughout the study.

Both groups lost weight, but the water drinking group lost, on average, about 3 pounds more than those who imagined full stomachs. About one-third of the water drinkers did so 3 times per day. Even more impressive is that they lost an average of 8 pounds more than those who reported drinking water 0-1 times per day before meals. Continue reading

Continental Coffee: Five Ways to Drink Coffee Around the World

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How do you like your coffee – black, with milk, sugar or iced? People around the world enjoy coffee – it’s one of the most popular beverages. And, according to the latest AICR/WCRF Continuous Update Reports, coffee lowers risk for endometrial and liver cancers.

AICR recently featured a delicious cold brew coffee recipe, so that inspired me to learn how people around the world consume this beverage. I found a huge variety, both surprising and somewhat familiar. Perhaps these ideas will inspire you to find a new way to prepare your coffee tomorrow morning.

My Coffee Finds:

-Europe: Espresso’s birth place is Europe. It’s often consumed with no dairy or sweetener and served with a slice of lemon or lemon rind. The lemon slice or rind helps to enhance the different notes in the coffee. Continue reading

Women Exercising as Teens Live Longer, Die Less from Cancer

If you’re a woman and getting at least 30 minutes a day of activity, that means a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Now a study published today suggests that women who exercised as teens for even an hour a week have a lower risk of dying from cancer in middle age and older compared to teens who weren’t active at all.Teenager Skater Girl Legs On A Skate Board

These women are also more likely to live longer overall, the study suggests, whether they exercised as adults or not.

The study included almost 75,000 Chinese women who were part of the  Shanghai Women’s Health Study. The women were 40 to 70 years old and they had answered questions about their lifestyle habits currently and decades earlier.

After an average of 13 years, the researchers looked how many of the women had died overall, and whether the cause of death was from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

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