With there being so many different ways to lose weight on the market today I wanted to take a look at some ways of losing weight that people consider urban legends. One of the most popular is the question of does drinking more water help you shed those extra pounds? I’ve always wondered if this was true since this sounds to easy to be true. Water helping you lose weight, in my head I’m thinking it’s the opposite. Well after researching this topic I found out that it does help you lose weight.
From a study by Dr. Brenda Davy she showed that people who drank two glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes before every meal lost weight more quickly initially and lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t.
In another study by Davy and her group, published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, she found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. This may not seem like much, but if you ate 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner for the next year, you could lose about 14½ pounds! In addition, being even 1 percent dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism, which can also interfere with weight loss.
It is difficult for your body to differentiate hunger from thirst. If you don’t drink enough water throughout the day, you may mistake thirst for hunger and eat more than you really need, which can also impair weight loss. So staying well hydrated is important, particularly if you are trying to lose weight. And don’t forget to eat lots of water-based foods like soups, vegetables and low-fat dairy, which are equally important for weight loss, as they lower the calorie density of meals. That can help you reduce calories without reducing portions.
I found these two studies to be extremely fascinating. So if you’re looking for a new way to help with your weight loss head to the kitchen and pour yourself a glass of water