Drinking Water Proven to Help Weight Loss

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A new study
has found that obese dieters who drank two cups of water before
each meal lost 5 pounds more after three months. A year later, they
also kept more of the weight off.

The dieting
technique is well known, but this study may be the first hard evidence
that increasing your water intake is a useful weight-loss strategy.

According to
Discovery News:

“The
reason could be physical. According to some research, water consumption
might spark the body to produce more heat, boosting metabolism
and burning more calories. Or, drinking more water might simply
make people less likely to drink a lot of high-calorie sugar-filled
beverages.”

Sources:

Dr. Mercola’s
Comments:

You can actually
survive without food for months, but without water you’d die
after a few days, so needless to say, water is absolutely essential
to life.

Every day
you lose water from your body through urine and sweat, and this
needs to be replenished.

Water for
Weight Loss?

If you don’t
drink enough, you can easily become dehydrated, and as you may have
experienced dehydration often mimics hunger. If you’re eating
plenty of nutritionally balanced foods and you still feel hungry,
it could very well be the case that you need a drink of water to
fill you up.

This is actually
a solid strategy you can use even before you eat a meal, as research
shows that drinking two cups of water before each meal will help
you lose more weight.

Whether the
water works by physically filling you up, boosting your metabolism
or simply taking the place of sugary drinks like juice and soda
isn’t yet known, but it’s really a moot point.

The key to
remember if you’re trying to lose weight is that pure water
may be the secret weapon for fighting off cravings and reducing
hunger that you’ve been looking for.

Even beyond
weight loss, chronic dehydration from not drinking enough water
has been linked to an astounding number of conditions ranging from
chronic fatigue syndrome and depression to hypertension, multiple
sclerosis and asthma, according to Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj.

Dr. Batmanghelidj
is the author of the phenomenal book Your
Body’s Many Cries for Water
. I highly recommend it
to learn more about why water, or as Dr. Batmanghelidj calls it
“nature’s miracle medicine,” is so essential for optimal
health.

Making Water
Your Primary Beverage Will Give You a Major Weight Loss Boost

One of the
first pieces of advice I offer to anyone trying to lose weight is
to stop drinking soda, fruit juice, sports drinks, and any other
sugar-laden, high-calorie beverage. This is especially true of beverages
(and foods) that contain fructose.

Fructose
has become one of my newest health passions for a number of reasons.
It is really not well understood how pervasive a negative influence
this sugar has on people’s health.

For those
who have struggled with their weight for years – examining their
diets, avoiding fat and counting calories, yet not getting anywhere
and wondering what they’re doing wrong – you need to pay very
close attention to this issue.

In many cases
the primary culprit may be the excessive intake of hidden sugar
in the form of corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup, which is
a main ingredient in soda, as well as countless processed and pre-packaged
foods.

It’s
extremely easy to consume high amounts of HFCS on a daily basis,
especially if you drink sodas or any other sweetened beverages such
as iced-teas and fruit juices in lieu of water.

Even seemingly
“health-conscious” beverages
like Vitamin Water, Jamba
Juice and Odwalla SuperFood contain far more added sugar and/or
fructose than many desserts!

So it’s
time to realize that dietary fat does not make you fat. Fructose
does.

As Professor
Hoebel, a specialist in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and
sugar addiction, told Science
Daily
:

"Some
people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different
than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity,
but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least
under the conditions of our tests.

When rats
are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those
in soda pop, they’re becoming obese – every single one, across
the board.

Even when
rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all
gain extra weight."

It’s
Not Just Soda That’s the Problem

Soda
is definitely a problem if you’re trying to lose weight
… drinking a single can a day translates to more than a pound
of weight gain every month … but it is not the only beverage
you need to cut from your dietary repertoire.

Although often
regarded as healthy, fruit juice typically contains very high concentrations
of fructose, which will cause your insulin to spike and may counter
the benefits of the antioxidants it contains.

This is particularly
true for nearly all commercial juices that are bottled or canned
as they liberate methanol, which is metabolized to formaldehyde
in your brain. Fresh is better and does not have the methanol issue
and is also a more vital drink.

However, anyone
with insulin resistance, which is 80% of the public (those with
diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or overweight) is
also better off avoiding it. If you don’t have insulin resistance
then limiting the fructose to less than 25 grams would be a prudent
strategy.

Previous studies
have already clearly demonstrated that drinking large amounts of
juice dramatically
increases your risk of obesity
. Children are at particular risk
here, since so many children are given juice whenever they’re
thirsty instead of plain water.

For example,
research has revealed that 3- and 4-year-olds who carry extra weight
and drink just one to two sweet drinks a day double their risk of
becoming seriously overweight just one year later.

So it’s
truly imperative if you want to lose weight that you cut out all
fruit juice, soda, and any other sweetened beverage from your diet.

Fructose will
not only pack on extra pounds faster than other ingredients, including
other sugars, it promotes a particularly dangerous kind of body
fat, namely adipose
fat
.

This is the
fat type of fat that collects in your abdominal region and is associated
with a greater risk of heart disease.

For an in-depth
review of just how different fructose and HFCS really is from regular
sugar, please read
through this recent article
and watch
the lecture given by Dr. Robert Lustig
.

How Much
Water Should You Drink Each Day?

Once you’ve
made the switch to pure water, your next question may be how much
water is necessary?

If you are
healthy, then drinking whenever you feel thirsty should be an adequate
guide of how much water you need, but I encourage you to use this
simple trick to gauge whether your water intake is sufficient:

You will want
to make sure you drink enough clean pure water to turn your urine
a light color of yellow. Dark yellow urine is a sign that you need
to drink more water.

If it’s
hot outside or you are engaged in exercise or other vigorous activity,
you will require more water than normal. Additionally, as you grow
older your thirst mechanism works less efficiently so older adults
will want to be sure to drink water regularly, and again make sure
your urine is a light, pale color.

For tips on
making sure you’re drinking the purest water around, be sure
to read
this past article
(hint: it does NOT come in plastic bottles!).

No doubt about
it, making the simple decision to drink plenty of pure water instead
of sugary drinks will likely lead to excess pounds simply “falling
off” in no time.

Please Remember

Just as water
is an essential to life it is impossible to achieve optimal health
without regular exercise. So please remember to get your regular
exercise, as it will be a very powerful synergy to drinking water
for weight loss. You can view my page on the Peak
Fitness Technique
for some great tips.

September
20, 2010

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