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Can water help me to loss weight ?

Updated on March 23, 2014

Can water help me to loss weight ?

The simple answer is yes!

Why? How? I don't understand. Well drinking water helps quench your thirst and hence your desire for any beverages, and also kills that urge for a snack - basically drinking water drastically reduces your appetite, which is a good thing if you are trying to lose weight.

Moreover water has zero (0) calories and close to zero cost.

Weight loss is matter of:

*reducing your calorie intake,

*burning excess calories already in your body, for example through exercise.

Your calorie intake is not just through food, but also through drinks, like fruit juices, milk, etc.

A very important point to note is that a calorie in liquids is the same as a calorie from solid food.

Therefore any good weight loss strategy should include drinking water rather than fizzy drinks, larger, tea etc.

Tips to help you cut down calories intake from Liquids

Although it is recommended that for a balanced diet you should have at least

8 ounces of milk and 6 ounces of fruit juice a day, you can reduce the risk of

taking more than these recommended by:

*opting for low-fat or fat-free milk,

*drinking light juices or reduced-calorie juices,

*drinking more water obviously.

Tips and recommendations to help you drinking more water

Drink 1 glass of filtered water during each meal plus 2 additional glasses throughout the day, i.e. a total of 5-7 glasses of filtered water per day.

If you are not "a water person" here are some tips to help you "spice-up" your water, or to make you drink more water:

*Add a twist of lemon or lime to your water,

*You can also try drinking sparkling water if you do not already do.

Comparison of water to other beverages

According to the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (USDA),

this is how water *compares to other beverages in terms of calories.

  • Coffee or tea (plain) 8 oz. 2 calories
  • Diet soda with aspartame 12 oz. 0 calories
  • Fruit drinks 8 oz. 134 calories
  • Fruit juice, frozen concentrate 8 oz. 114 calories
  • Light beer 12 oz. 103 calories
  • Lipton Brisk iced tea, ready to drink 12 oz. 128 calories
  • Milk, 2 percent 8 oz. 122 calories
  • Milk, fat-free 8 oz. 86 calories
  • Milk, whole 8 oz. 146 calories
  • Regular beer 12 oz. 153 calories
  • Regular soda 12 oz. 152 calories
  • Tea, hot or cold, brewed with tap water 8 oz. 2 calories
  • Water 8 ounces (oz.) 0 calories
  • Wine 5 oz. 124 calories

*These are compared in terms of Serving size (in ounces) & Energy (Average calories)

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