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Drink Water to Lose Weight

Updated on April 13, 2013
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Weight Loss Thru Water

Losing weight can best be attained when one incorporates water in the program. Water does not just work as a hydration and cleaning agent to rid the body of toxins. It is also an effective weight loss ingredient.

Study supports that drinking water aids weight loss

When taken at proper times like an hour before meals, it will not only aid in digestion but will give one the feeling of fullness to prevent overeating during the meal itself. Moreover, water does not have any calories. It is therefore healthier to drink than sodas, sugared teas and sweetened juices all of which contribute to weight gain.

A study conducted by Dr. Brenda Davy of Virginia Tech on 75 year-old subjects found that people who drank a cup or two before a meal consume 75-90 calories less than their non-water drinker counterparts. After 12 weeks, the water drinkers lost an average of 15.5 pounds compared to only 11 pounds of the non-water drinkers.

Proper time to drink water

Proper way to do it

It is important to drink water at least an hour before the meal to give time for absorption in the intestines. Water drank during a meal hinder the proper digestion of food. Proper digestion of the food in the stomach is important to enable the effective absorption of the nutrients. This aids proper circulation into the blood to further utilization by the different organs of the body. Drinking water during meal time will dilute the digestive juices in the stomach. These digestive juices help in breaking down the food to be effectively utilized by the body. If it cant't be helped, small sips will suffice.

One way to prevent too much reliance on water to wash down food is to chew each bite slowly. This encourage the mouth to secret more saliva to aid in the transport of food to the stomach. This is another way to aid the to secret more digestive juices for the proper digestion of food in the intestines.

Just right

On the other had, as a word of caution, drinking too much may also lead to water intoxication, also known as water poisoning. To find out about the proper amount of water intake, the age old advice of eight (8) glasses of water per day may still hold true, and a little less or more of this will still be okay. Use your own thirst threshold to determine you own water needs.


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      Gei Moore 5 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hey Preethi! Drinking clean and pure water is being taken for granted. I hope many people will return to basics and just enjoy the goodness and benefits of drinking it. Thank you for reading!

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      preethi 5 years ago

      simple, informative and helpful for me. thank u so much

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      Gei Moore 5 years ago from Pilipinas

      @Jakobah,thank you for reading.

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      Jakobah 5 years ago

      What a great reminder...and it's very true.

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      Gei Moore 5 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hello joejagodensky! Thank you very much for reading this hub. Water has a lot of benefits and weight loss is just one of them.

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      joejagodensky 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Simple, informative and helpful. Thanks.