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Weight Loss with Water

Presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), scientists have shown that water has amazing weight-loss capabilities.

Water is often overlooked in our day-to-day health routines. Unfortunately though, most of us are chronically dehydrated – only drinking small amounts of water when our bodies crave more.

Thirst is often confused with hunger and as a result, we tend to eat when we are in fact thirsty. This research shows that drinking just two glasses of water some time before a meal (and more throughout the day) can help to reduce the hunger signal and therefore reduce calorie intake.

“We are presenting results of the first randomized controlled intervention trial demonstrating that increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy,” said Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author of the study.

“We found in earlier studies that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”

“People should drink more water and less sugary, high-calorie drinks. It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management.”

The study included 48 adults aged 55-75 years, divided into two groups. One group drank 2 cups of water prior to their meals and the other did not. All of the subjects ate a low-calorie diet during the study. Over the course of 12 weeks, water drinkers lost bout 15.5 (7 kg) pounds, while the non-water drinkers lost about 11 pounds (5 kg).

Emed’s comment:

We all need to drink more water, especially when we’re heading into summer. Getting into the habit early will help you to feel better, with more energy and vitality everyday.

Often the symptoms of dehydration are passed off as a different illness or disease, however these symptoms can become serious over time. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry skin
  • Dark coloured urine
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Chills
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased respiration
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasm
  • Confusion

The average person will lose between two and three litres of water a day through breathing, sweating and urine. If you are more active, this amount increases.

To prevent dehydration, you need to hydrate with water. No – not with soft drinks, milkshakes or juice, but with WATER.

Many resources and people will tell you to drink 8 glasses of water a day, however every body is different, so we all need different amounts of water.

Pay attention to your fluid loss. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated, so you want to avoid becoming thirsty in the first place.

To find out exactly how much water YOU should be drinking, click here.
Our Optimal Water Intake page will show you how to calculate the ideal amount of water you need to be drinking, and when you should drink it.

What else can I do?

Staying healthy doesn’t have to be hard.

Covering the basics is the easiest way to promote – or maintain – optimal health. Using supplements, like a multivitamin, fish oil, and magnesium can dramatically alter your health for the better.

A multivitamin is the ideal way to supplement your diet. Too often we simply don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from our food. A multivitamin will fill in the gaps and provide the extra boost of nutrients that you need for optimal health. Click here to view Emed’s Best Multivitamins.

Fish oil is essential for brain, joint, hair, skin and nail health. It’s also a fantastic all-round anti-inflammatory and aids in metabolism and weight loss. We should all be consuming a good source of essential fatty acids, like fish oil. Click here for more information on Emed’s Best Fish Oils.

Magnesium is essential for muscle and nerve health. Magnesium also plays an important role in helping your cells absorb the water you are drinking. If you experience sore, cramping or tired muscles regularly, twitches, headaches, or fatigue, chances are that you are deficient in magnesium. For the best magnesium supplements money can buy, click here.

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