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Does drinking water before meals really help you lose weight?

If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably heard the advice to drink water before a meal because it makes you feel fuller and you'll stop eating sooner. It seems like a reasonable idea — but does it work? And if it doesn't, why do people think it does?

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Stat of the Week

In the US, nearly half of all adults have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And rates are higher among non-Hispanic Black adults (56%) than non-Hispanic white adults (48%), non-Hispanic Asian adults (46%), and Hispanic adults (39%).

High blood pressure contributes to heart disease and strokes. Knowing how to take accurate blood pressure measurements at home can help you get the treatment you need to stay healthy.

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