A 2009 study by Brenda Davy PhD et al. found that two glasses of water before a meal helped people lose weight and stay slim!
I wasn't in this study and I didn't even know about it but I have been drinking 2 glasses of water before every meal and another two glasses mid-afternoon so I can vouch for the effectiveness of water.
But why might a higher water in-take lead to more weight lost?
1. You are less likely to drink other higher-calorie drinks
I don't know why many people think a meal has to be accompanied with wine or juice. Wine is a very high calorie drink and so is juice.
The calories aren't even that filling. When I go to a restaurant and I'm offered the wine list, I don't even look at it. I hand it back and request either water or a sugar-free peppermint tea, preferably fresh peppermint leaves in water.
Make two glasses of water before a meal a must and you will discover that you have less capacity for juice and wine.
2. Metabolism is boosted
Some studies have shown that drinking cold water might lead to a boost in calories burned as the body has to warm this water up. This impact is rather small and is irrelevant to me because I always drink warm water.
However, I believe even warm water improves metabolism because as soon as I boosted my water intake there was a marked increase in my, for lack of a better word, 'regularity'.
3. It curbs hunger
Sometimes thirst comes through as hunger. Have a drink of water when you're hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon and you won't feel as hungry any more. Water is filling in itself. It has no calories but it has volume.
4. You will eat more slowly
Usually, I'm starving when I sit down for eat a meal. This inevitably leads to me eating a lot faster than I should. Since I started drinking water before meals, I eat a lot more slowly.
It takes 15 minutes before your brain tell you that you're full so the slower you eat, the less you will have eaten by that cut off. This is great when you are eating out because they invariably give you too much food.
When you're at home eating a 'calorie-budgeted' meal, eating too fast can leave you feeling unsatisfied. After this point you can't have more because you've already scoffed all the calories you were going to allow yourself. The pre-meal water can completely eliminate this lack of satiation.
5. You will have the energy to work out for longer
When you feel hydrated, you have more energy to keep going.
I was on a treadmill one day having done 5 km and very read to give up; that's my usual distance anyway. One of the trainers could see I was thirsty, she brought me 500 ml of water and I did my first 10 km ever!
Water will give you that extra va-va-voom to work out for longer.
What if you hate the taste of water?
1. Squeeze some lemon juice into it. I do this every morning and every evening (with real lemons). The four glasses during the day are 100% water.
2. Try warm water. I personally find it easier to gulp down than cold water plus it doesn't make my tummy hurt like cold water does.
Caution! Don't drink too much water
1. Too much water before work and you might have an embarrassing accident en route to the office.
2. Too much water will dilute the concentration of salts in your blood and that can be fatal.
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