Did you know that most people go through the day not drinking enough water and becoming dehydrated?
The fact is that simply by drinking enough water throughout the day can have a profound impact on the overall health and wellbeing of an individual.
There has even been research proving that drinking water can promote weight loss.
Yes… You can lose weight by drinking water.
Well a recent study which was published in the Obesity journal has just proved what many nutritionists, personal trainers, and dietitians have been suggesting as a conventional way to lose weight effectively.
The study included 48 overweight and obese men and women between the ages of 55 and 75 and put them on a low calorie diet (1,200 calories a day for women and 1,500 calories for men). Half of them were instructed to drink 16 oz of water prior to eating a meal which is equivalent to a bottle of spring water. The other half of the participants did not drink water prior to eating. After three months the people who drank water before meals had lost 15.5 pounds compared to the 11 pounds for the people who only had a low calorie diet.
Would you drink a bottle of water before every meal for 3 months if you could lose an additional 4.5 pounds?
I sure would!
Why Water Works
The reason why is very simple. First, the water acts as a natural appetite suppressant which prior to eating will make it easier to curb your portion size which results in eating less calories each meal.
Many people often confuse thirst and hunger signals from the body and when you’re in fact thirsty you may think you’re hungry. By staying hydrated enough throughout the day you can correct that confusion.
Not only do you lose additional weight by drinking water, but it also stays off too.
The study continued for a year and found that a full year of drinking 16 oz of water before every meal slimmed down the participants by an average of 1.5 pounds more for a total of 6 pounds whereas the participants that did not drink water prior to eating a meal gained an additional 2 pounds.
The standard ruling of how much water you should drink per day is 8 x 8. This means you should drink 8 fl oz of water 8 times a day for a total of 64 fl oz. There are also a variety of factors that influence an increase amount of water throughout the day such as hot weather, illness, exercise, and if you’re pregnant. I tend to think the rule of 8 x 8 is a bare minimum and you should drink more. Remember that it is very rare to have complications from over drinking, but common to drink too little so I always err on the side of caution and drink roughly double the rule of 8 x 8 on average which is a gallon of water each day.
By starting this simple habit of drinking 16 fl oz of water prior to your meals you can lose additional weight with almost no effort and almost no cost.
Have you noticed better results when drinking more water throughout the day? Post your comments below!