That's the number of pounds dieters lost over a 3 month period. Those who drank 2 glasses of water before meals saw a 44% increase in weight loss compared with those who didn't. According to researchers, starting a meal with water shrinks your appetite so you consume fewer calories.
I always have water before my meals and surely I feel full/satisfied sooner! This also ensures I get in my water for the day. Therefore, it can't hurt...so give it a try.
Source: Prevention Magazine.