Water Before Meals Leads to Weight Loss
During the winter months, you may find it harder to remember to drink enough water. The cold weather can cause your thirst mechanism to become weaker than during the warm summer months, and, besides, it just doesn’t feel as good to chug a big glass of water when you’re chilled already. But the rewards of good hydration may be much greater than you think.
According to studies published in the Journal of Obesity and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, drinking water before a meal leads to significantly increased weight loss. In one study a group of overweight people were tracked for about three months and half the group were told to drink 2 cups of water before a meal. The water drinkers lost 15.5 pounds compared to 11 pounds lost by the non-water drinkers.
Similarly, the second study found a 13% reduction in calorie consumption in people who drank 2 cups of water before a meal.
To make hydration easier during the frosty winter season, think about drinking it hot. I keep my electric kettle full and the simple flick of a switch leads to deliciously hot water in minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon, and soon you will be warmed from the inside out.
Note: Never drink or use hot water from the tap nor use it in food preparation. Hot water systems contain metallic parts that corrode over time and contaminate the hot water.
To your best health!
Cassandra Mick, CNE.