Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drinking Water

If you read just about anything, anywhere, about losing weight, you will probably see "Drink Water" as one of the things they recommend. Most people say it's because it makes you more full. That is a little difficult for me to believe because if you just ate less because you drank a bunch of water, wouldn't that tend to make you more hungry later? I somehow couldn't believe that was the only reason, so I looked into it.

It suppresses your appetite

Drinking water DOES suppress your appetite by filling you up and causing you to eat less. We tend to ignore (or not realize it exists) the signal from our brain that tells us when to stop eating and overeat so we're probably eating closer to the proper amount when we fill up on water first.

Drinking 2 glasses has been proven

It is a study proven fact that drinking 2 glasses of water before your meals will cause weight loss even if you don't do anything else to lose weight. That's pretty interesting, but how easy is it to drink 2 glasses of water even once, let alone remembering to do it before each meal?
Here's an idea: put a bottle of water beside your bed which will be ready for you to drink first thing in the morning. Water bottles typically hold 16 ounces or more, which is the same as 2 glasses of water. Not only has this got me drinking before breakfast, I'm actually drinking more water throughout the day as a habit. In addition, because I fill up my water bottle before bed, I'll go ahead and drink 16 ounces while I'm filling it up.

Health benefits help with weight loss

The benefits of drinking water are endless (think 'cure all') but drinking 2 glasses of warm water in the morning is known to have these specific benefits:
Stimulates digestion - digestive problems are common nowadays from heartburn to bloating, constipation, ulcers, and so many more
Flushes out the kidneys
Clears your system, flushes out toxins
Helps your bowels to work properly

It boosts metabolism

A German scientist, named Michael Boschmann, proved that drinking water boosts your metabolism.
Drinking 500 ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30%. The increase occurred within 10 min and reached a maximum after 30–40 min.
See the technical results of that study here: Water-Induced Thermogenesis

You CAN like it

The more water you drink, the more you'll crave it. If you don't like it at first (as didn't I), you will find yourself getting used to it the more you drink. Drinking lots of water will at first cause extra bathroom trips. After a few days, your body adjusts and you won't need to use the toilet so much. For the first few nights of drinking 2 glasses at night, I was waking up during the night to go, but not anymore.

Thirst can seem like hunger

Your body doesn't differentiate between hunger and thirst very well. Many times, when you feel hungry, your body is actually needing water. Instead of reaching for a snack next time you have the munchies, try drinking a glass of water, wait 10 minutes and see if you're still wanting a snack.

Reduces water weight

Once your body has enough water, it will stop hanging onto the excess water in your tissues from dehydration.

In addition...

Most people don't realize that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Everyone could benefit from reading this interesting, mind-changing book, where Dr F. Batmanghelidj talks about how many illnesses are caused by dehydration: Your Body's Many Cries for Water
And remember - proper health will result in the proper weight!

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