Cutting back on sugars and starches, eating protein fat and vegetables and doing plenty of exercise are just a few of the best known secrets to losing weight.
Drinking plenty of water is also said to have a host of health benefits.
But did you know drinking water, especially before meals, can help with weight loss.
According to scientifically-proven studies, drinking water can boost metabolism by 24 to 30 per cent over a period of 1 to 1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories.
The research is highlighted by Healthline.com on its website.
One study in particular showed that drinking half a litre of water around half an hour before having a meal helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44 per cent more weight.
The findings were published in a paper titled, ‘Water consumption increases weight loss during a hypo caloric diet intervention in middle-aged and older adults’.
Other studies suggest drinking a pint of ice cold water after dinner can help with your slim down.
A study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, revealed that drinking ice cold water can help you lose weight.
According to the research, drinking a pint of ice cold water after every meal is enough to raise your metabolism by 30 per cent after 30 to 40 minutes.
Sipping very cold water means your body has to work harder to cope with the chilly influx.
Warming an 8oz glass of ice-cold water to body temperature burns around seven calories.
So drink 10 chilly glasses a day for a week, and you’ll burn an extra 490 calories in a week.
This means, over the course of a year, you could lose more than seven pounds.
If you’re looking for another drink to help you lose weight you could try apple cider vinegar.
The drink has been suggested to help you shed the pounds.