February 24, 2011

Natural Weight Loss Secrets: Drink Water!

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Americans don't drink enough water. Americans are overweight. Could there be a connection? I've always thought so. In fact, whenever I have a friend who is trying to lose weight, my advice has always been: Drink water! When your belly is full of water, it is not hungry. I also think that sometimes people mistake thirst for hunger, and eat rather than drink to fulfill that need.

Apparently, scientists agree with my advice. Baseline of Health Foundation reports:

Scientists at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg decided to see if this old wives' tale actually held any water (pun very much intended). They found there was a definite connection between drinking water prior to meals and losing weight.
 The participants, 48 sedentary adults between the ages of 55 and 75, were split into two groups over the period of the 12-week study. Those in the first group were instructed to drink two eight-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The volunteers in the second group were given no directions about what to drink. Prior to the study, all of the subjects had been eating a typical American diet with a daily intake of 1,800 -- 2,200 calories. The researchers restricted the participating women to 1,200 calories a day and the men to 1,500 calories a day.

Less than three months later, the results were in. The subjects who drank water before their meals had lost an average of 15.5 pounds each, while those in the other group showed an average loss of 11 pounds per person.

Remember to use a glass reusable water bottle rather than plastic. Chemicals in plastics have been linked to childhood obesity.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at February 24, 2011 12:14 AM

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