I once worked with a woman that was obsessed with losing weight and she tried every imaginable diet to do so. I remember watching her remove the buns from her two-quarter pounders and drowning her salad in cheese and ranch dressing. As you may guess, it never worked.
The grapefruit diet, cabbage, dangerous pills, Atkins and the list goes on…fad diets that we have all fallen for. Our senses tell us that eating bacon all day does not seem like a practical way to lose weight. We ignore to health warnings on the sides of the pill boxes and we eat more cabbage than our bodies can handle. We know better but, we do it anyways all in the name of controlling our ferocious appetites.
What if I told you there is a better way? A way that feels natural and just seems to make sense? Hold on to your hats because this is so simple it will blow your mind.
Drinking a proper amount of water throughout the day helps control your appetite, leads to a healthier lifestyle and maybe even a little weight loss. There are three ways that it works…
1) Drinking more water eliminates the confusion between hunger and thirst.
Thirst and hunger are two sensations that operate through a very similar process in our bodies. Unfortunately, often our brain mixes them up making us believe that we are hungry when we are actually thirsty. Staying well hydrated can help eliminate this confusion. In addition to maintaining hydration throughout the day, next time you think you feel hungry, try these steps.
Drink an 8-10 ounce glass of water. Wait 30 minutes. Evaluate whether or not you still feel hungry, if the answer is yes then, by all means, make yourself a healthy snack. If you are no longer craving food, the water trick worked, and you just avoided unneeded calories!
2) Drinking water helps you feel fuller.
This is a no-brainer. Filling your tummy with water can help create a fuller feeling. Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before a meal or snack will take up space in your stomach leaving you less room to pack it full of food. Also, you can take it up a notch by adding some sparkle. Sparkling or carbonated water tends to suppress your appetite even further!
3) Colder is better.
Ice cold water not only tastes fantastic but, it causes calories to burn while bringing the temperature up to your body level. Don’t expect to drop a dress size by doing this alone. The number of calories used is pretty small. But, when you are trying to lose weight every darn calorie counts!
There you have it, the weight loss secret you have been waiting for for…pure, fresh water. Drinking more of this naturally delicious beverage has a two-fold effect, not only does it fill you up and control your appetite but, it replaces high-calorie drinks such as juice and soda.
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