People on diets know that drinking plenty of water is a crucial part of any weight loss program. Why? There are several reasons. First, drinking water fills up the stomach and makes you feel full with no added calories. Second, it helps flush the system. Finally, you’ll presumably be engaging in exercise along with your diet plan, and water will keep you healthy and hydrated.
So what about sparkling water? Is it good for weight loss? Of course! In fact, it even has a secret weapon that still water doesn’t: bubbles.
Those tiny carbonation bubbles in a glass of sparkling water pack a powerful punch when it comes to shedding pounds and controlling weight. The fizzy bubbles fill the stomach even more than plain water and trick your brain into feeling full, which means you will probably eat less. That’s because the bubbles increase gastric activity to aid in that “full” feeling. Plus, sparkling water can aid in digestion, which is another welcome benefit.
Drinking water with carbonation may be more advantageous to weight loss than still water. A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology showed that participants who drank sparkling water on an empty stomach said they felt fuller than when they drank still water.
To avoid overeating during meals, try drinking two eight-ounce glasses of filtered, sparkling water 30 minutes before eating.