You can lose weight by drinking an 8 ounce glass of water before each meal.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it? Well, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, adults ate an average of 75 fewer calories when they drank a large glass of water before meals.

We know what you are thinking...75 calories, big deal! Think of it this way- 75 calories x three meals per day x 365 days = losing over 20 pounds in a year!

Also, if you tend to be ravenous at meals, a glass of water will help fill your stomach, ease your appetite and promote satiety. Maintaining your hydration level  means that you won’t mix up your body’s signal for thirst with its signal for hunger.

Water is the most important liquid in your diet.

It is involved in every type of cellular process in your body, and it is one of your body’s most essential nutrients. When you are running on empty, all of your body’s systems run less efficiently, including your metabolism.

The safest way to ensure you're getting enough water, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is to drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses (or 64 fluid ounces) of water per day.

This simple daily routine of drinking 8 ounces of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner will bring you nearly halfway to your fluid goal. 

So drink to your health. It won’t cost you a thing!