No, not the spiked eggnog – drink water prior to your meals. Several studies have now shown that drinking water before and during meals promotes weight loss when coupled with a low calorie diet.
Specifically, drinking water (two cups) before a meal has been shown to reduce calories consumed, hunger after the meal, and result in 4.5 extra pounds lost over a three month period of time. This effect also seemed to be greater in older individuals.
So, as you prepare for the upcoming holidays, keep water around and accessible so that you are sure to drink a bunch of it every day. And as always, please drive safely.