Water for weight-loss!
If you are struggling with your weight, and are looking for one small change to make immediately, I would recommend increasing your water intake. Water works in a number of ways which can contribute to healthy weight-loss. It can...
- Increase your calorie expenditure at rest (Dennis et al, 2010).
- Reduce your appetite (Dennis et al, 2010).
- Reduce your calorie intake throughout the day by up to 13% (Davey et al, 2008).
- Increase feeling of fullness (American Chemical Society, 2010).
There is so much emphasis in society on finding a "magic potion" which can lead to weight-loss. When you take into consideration the research that exists, there is no denying the influence that water can have on weight-loss. It is a keystone habit for weight-loss and weight-loss maintenance. The American Chemical Society (2010) found that over a period of 12 weeks, those who drank water before meals lost an average of five pounds more than those who did not. On average, those who drank two 8 ounce glasses of water before a meal ate between 75-90 calories less, per meal. That may not sound much over the period of a day, but over the period of a year it significant.
Many health authorities recommend two litres (eight, 8 ounce glasses per day) of water. A lot of people do not get anywhere near this amount and are not aware that they are dehydrated. When you consider all the amazing health benefits of water... from how it makes us look and feel, it is a very cost effective method for weight-loss.
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