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Drinking Water to Lose Weight Fast! I Only Drink Water in BETWEEN Meals -- Easy and Painless!

Updated on April 28, 2012
two big glasses of water an hour before eating
two big glasses of water an hour before eating

Two big glasses between meals, one little one for sipping with meals

Drink between meals, not with them!

Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your body, but also when you drink is important. If you drink water between meals rather than with them, your body will thank you, and you will probably lose weight. How can this be? When you drink a lot of water with your meals, you might think this is a good way to fill up, so you won't eat so much. The only problem is that the water is diluting your digestive juices, which makes your body a lot less efficient at sorting and storing what it needs.

When I was about ten my lovely and loved diabetic aunt used to try to keep us kids from drinking so much when we ate. I didn't get it! I liked to eat and drink at the same time, and get it all over with. I was busy--bikes to ride, books to read: important stuff to do.

Now, thirty or so (!) years later, her words keep coming back to me. And now they make sense. She told us that drinking a lot while we ate would dilute our digestive juices and make the food less efficient. Well, I can't remember the exact words, and I can't remember what we were eating, but I remember thinking that eating and drinking should be done at the same time. Right?

Maybe not. Once I hit forty, (and had had two ten pound babies!), I noticed a definite change in my body. My eating was about the same, but slowly the pounds were adding on. I have a healthy diet, walk a lot, and do yoga, but still felt too heavy. I've been doing juicing (yum! good recipes coming soon), and mixing a bit of apple cider vinegar in with my water (when I think of it), but I have really noticed a difference now that I have started drinking water between meals.


Filtered from the fridge--One of the easiest ways to drink lots of water!

Reverse osmosis filters for pure water

Add a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for extra oomph

I drink two big glasses of water before I even get out of bed. Before I brush my teeth. Before the alarm goes off. Recently my alarm has been my 20 month old baby waking up--I haven't needed an actual alarm for a while... Sometimes I even wake up and drink water in the middle of the night. This post is definitely not about drinking less water, just on when to drink it.

I eat breakfast, go to work, and just about the time I start thinking about lunch I drink another two big glasses of water. I try to do it about an hour before lunch/dinner,and an hour or two after lunch/dinner but it varies. Life is crazy! We can't always plan things. I know that it is hard to plan meals, eating right, and exercising regularly-- but drinking water is pretty easy!

I do have to say here that I am against bottled water. I know, I know, it is handy and available. My husband drinks it. However, tap water in the USA in general is of such high quality that I am happy filling my reusable bottles and feeling good about it. I also like my kids to drink a certain amount of unfiltered water for the fluoride. I grew up in the mountains of California with spring water... and wish I had had fluoride...


That being said, I do like our new fridge with the filtered water dispenser (what luxury!! plus ice, love it), and I also have an old Aquasana water filter which I was given when I was pregnant. I think this probably gives the best water, but for some reason I could only figure out how to hook it up in the laundry room--this is probably my fault and not of this filter. (I try to remember to fill my bottles here, but somehow mostly seem to use it for washing my hair--great for really soft hair!) I am curious to hear how people use water. Do you drink tap? Fridge filtered? Bottled? Reverse osmosis filtered? What do you think of fluoride in tap water?

Whatever type of water you drink, remember to drink enough. The Mayo Clinic suggests about 13 cups of water for men and about 9 cups for women--obviously this depends on your personal size and activity level. I think a glass of wine (probably with dinner rather than breakfast, but I guess that depends if you work days or nights...) is good too I think, but that is a discussion for another time.

I have been doing waterless meals for about six months and am ten pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight, with no dietary changes. So try drinking your water between meals rather than with them for a few weeks and let me know how it goes!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Ciel Clark...I never thought about what you said before..."dilute our digestive juices and make the food less efficient".

      You have written an interesting hub that got me thinking. Voted up!

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks iamadraleigh!

      It is funny how clearly I remember that specific conversation with my aunt. That was well over thirty years ago. Even though I didn't follow her advice at the time, she had definitely planted the idea in my brain.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, this is a very interesting article. I didn't think drinking water with meals could be a bad thing. I appreciate you sharing this with us and congrats on the weight loss. I drink reverse osmosis water and I drink the filtered water from the fridge.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comments Minnetonka! I still will have a small glass of water with meals, but often just have a sip here and there--not using it for my main water intake. I love filtered fridge and reverse osmosis water. Fridge is handy and reverse osmosis I think is really the best tasting, but tap is good too! One thing I should put: I think it is good for kids to have tap water for fluoride.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Good point Ciel on the flouride for kids. Just so the water source is not tainted like I've heard happen in many places.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Hi Minnetonka Twin, I just saw your message. Yes, of course it is very important to check your tap water safety. Someone mentioned she would rather put fluoride drops in her own water--That could be a good idea, but I don't think the majority of people would do it..

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      I mostly drink water between meals, but I really like your suggestion of drinking some a while before eating. We use filtered water, but the filter doesn't remove fluoride, only sediment and iron (we have very hard water). My granny (a nurse) maintained we shouldn't drink too much with our meals, and was also very strict about not adding salt to our food at the table. Thanks for another interesting hub.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for reading RedElf! It's funny how a lot of the advice we got growing up (not all of it!) ends up to have good scientific reasons. There is an old Russian saying, "The whiter the bread the quicker you're dead." Talk about getting straight to the point. Salt is a good thing to watch out for--my older son uses way too much and I've struggled trying to get him to cut back.

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      That's funny! My mom used to say the exact same thing, "Dilutes your digestive juices," making it take longer to digest your food. I rarely drink while eating out of habit now. But I probably don't drink enough the rest of the time either. We have well water.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Sherry, isn't that true?! At least some of the time, those things we hear vaguely in our childhood sometimes don't sink in until much (much) later. It not only takes longer to digest, but your body uses the nutrients less efficiently. It can be hard to totally break the drink with meals habit, but I try to glug the water between and sip with. So far so good. Well water! I have not had any in ages. We had a natural spring in N Cal--how does yours taste? Thanks for visiting!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I started doing this a month or so ago after a friend emailed me. It really does work. Who knew something so simple could be so effective!

      Voted up, useful and awesome! ;D

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Keep it simple, right? I love easy to do tips that really work. Cool that it's working for you too!

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      Marike Boshoff 5 years ago

      Is it wrong to drink water before you eat and straight after you eat? will it help me lose weight? (I do eat healthy)

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Hello Marike, I've found that it is much better to drink two big glasses of water two hours before eating, and an hour after eating. When you drink a lot of water WITH meals, it dilutes your digestive powers. Try it for a month or so--it worked for me!

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      Marike Boshoff 5 years ago

      hello Ceil. thankyou for your advise if you plz have other good ideas on how to lose weight plz tel me im very interested. Thankyou

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      HI Marike, apple cider vinegar can be a really helpful addition to losing weight--if you like the taste! A tablespoon in a glass of water can help your body process sugar better and help you feel full longer. Let me know how it goes!

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      Marike Boshoff 5 years ago

      Hi Ceil, Ill definitely try the appple cider vinegar, fingers crossed it works for me.

      Thank you, would u mabe knw any ideas on how to lose you love handles?

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      @Marike-- that is a really good question! Unfortunately it seems (for most of us) when we lose weight we can't really choose where we lose weight. This sounds like an exercise issue. The best shape I was in was when I was doing a lot of yoga-- not bulging muscles or anything, but my whole body was really in shape. I even felt taller and I really paid attention to how I moved. I still do some yoga, but due to some post-pregnancy things there are a few things I can't do. I really recommend it though--one of the best total body workouts I've tried. Right now, I try to do two simple and effective things: pretend there is a string pulling up from the top of your head so you stand tall, shoulders down and relaxed, and suck your belly button in and up. I used to keep a rubber band on my wrist and every time I saw it I would do these two actions-- now I don't need the rubber band but I remember these easy ways to remind my body what to do! I know there is advice on this site about love handles-- see what you can find. Thanks for writing and good luck!

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      jlemberton42 5 years ago

      So basically are body can't digest the food as well once the juices have been diluted by all the water?

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, exactly. Of course, this shouldn't make you drink less water-- just try to drink an hour or two before and after meals. I still drink when I eat, but casual sips, not whole glasses full. It really makes sense, and it does work. Thank you for the question jlemberton42, CC

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Exactly. I used to drink a lot of water right before eating, thinking it would make me full--but it really makes digestion not as efficient. At first it may seem hard not to drink with meals, (and a little bit is fine!) but I find that if I drink a couple of big glasses of water at least an hour before eating, I'm just not that thirsty when I eat.

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      maryhoneybee 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This really explains a lot! I drink a tall glass of water with my dinner and directly after, and I never feel so good afterwards! This probably has something to do with it, not being able to digest the food properly. Thanks for the hub! Very useful.

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      Maryhoneybee-- at first it seems strange not to drink a lot with meals, but it really does work. Let me know how it goes-- thanks for commenting!

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      AFWF Erick 5 years ago from Delaware, USA

      It makes a lot of sense! Drinking water with your meals dilutes your digestive juices. I've never thought about WHEN to drink, just the WHY. Even with just the WHY I was under the common misconception that it doesn't matter when you drink it, just drink it. Turns out there's more efficient ways to efficiently lose weight! Thanks for the hub!

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      Ciel Clark 5 years ago from USA

      I am back to my ideal weight (post baby!) and continue this plan just for better health. I really think this is a healthier way to eat even if you're not trying to lose weight. Thank you so much for reading and commenting AFWF Erick!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      I drink a ton of water all day. Added bonus: lots of exercise walking to/from the bathroom (my office if far away from the facilities!) I never realized drinking with meals wasn't ideal. Good to know. Thanks for sharing!

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      Christina Walker 4 years ago from Utah

      This sounds like an interesting idea, but I'm a bit skeptical. Do you have any proof or studies to back up your claim?

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      It is always good to be skeptical. Great question. It has worked for me (for weight loss, and now just for general health) thanks to comments made years ago by an aunt. After reading your question, I googled some questions and, depending on how the question is phrased, you can come up with any answer. I am always skeptical, but when I think about this question-- to me it not only works, it also makes scientific sense. I can give you the sites that agree with me, or you can try it and see what you think! Thanks for the comment-- again, great question. CC

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      Injured lamb 4 years ago

      Interesting hub! Thanks for sharing this with us Ciel Clark, this seems to be quite a good news to those who is challenging the weight loss...yes, we always focus on the complicated but overlook the simple ever solution, great sharing! Cheers Ciel Clark!

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      AmandaLynn319 4 years ago from Southern Idaho, US

      Interesting hub. I had never thought about how drinking with meals effected digestion. I may have to try this and see what happens.

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      reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      "dilute our digestive juices and make the food less efficient" -- I'm not a nutritionist or anything like that, but this statement makes so much sense to me.

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      Capoeira Moves 4 years ago

      I hear paris hilton gulps down a bottle of water before each meal so she'll be too bloated to swallow food. In that sense, it actually make sense I guess?

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      Daniel Peebles 4 years ago

      Wow... What a simple informative article. I am totally into water -- and how we can place our thoughts of love and gratitude into the water we drink. Drinking between meals is something I am going to start immediately. Thanks for a clear and informative article.

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      Family Black 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      So interesting. I'm skeptical also, but it'll be easy to try for myself. What was your experience? What changes did you notice first? In what time frame? Karen

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      looking forward to some of your upcoming juice-recipes-since turning 40- and now way past I've found the only thing that does help long term is drinking lots of water but then I get lazy with it thanks for the reminder.

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      editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

      Excellent hub. I drink copious amount of water a day but never thought about the fact that I could be diluting my digestive juices whilst drinking water at meal times. I will try to eliminate meal time water and see how I get on.

      Voted up.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      I gained a lot of weight both times I was pregnant. (40-50 pounds!). The first time I lost the weight fairly easily, (I was under thirty years old) but the second time (at over forty years old) it was much harder. I didn't get it: I have a very good diet, exercise and the weight was not leaving. I knew the approximate calories I was eating, and it seemed like I should be losing weight, but I wasn't. And I was drinking a lot of water! I started adding apple cider vinegar to my water as a digestion aid, and then started thinking about my aunt (very health-conscious and also diabetic) who tried to get us not to drink so much with meals. As a kid I didn't pay much attention, but when I thought about it, it really makes sense. Yes, we need to drink a lot of water... But not when we eat. We want our carefully chosen food to be used well, and we need good digestion for that. About a year after my second son was born, I started drinking a couple of glasses of water right when I got up, (an hour before breakfast), and a couple of glasses around 11AM, and a couple of glasses around 5PM. That is really the only change I made in my diet, and now I weigh less than before baby number two-- without any change in my diet. You ask what time frame: it wasn't fast, but it was constant. Maybe a couple of pounds a month?

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks editorsupremo-- it is weird at first not to drink with meals. And remember, you can still have a glass of water when you eat, for sipping! I've found that when I drink a lot an hour or two before eating, I don't need to have a lot of liquid with my meals. I used to drink a lot of water right before eating, (I think this is a popular method of trying to fill up the belly!-- and maybe this works to a certain extent. I think though that the food eaten on top of a belly full of water is not going to be used properly. So far this has worked for me. I wish I would have tried this earlier-- for general health as much as weight loss... Thanks for the comment, let me know how it goes.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi Ciel, your words ring true. Many of the old people in my neck of the woods (Middle Europe, the Mediterranean) shake fingers at those who drink while eating. I thought they were mad, actually. I'm going to try this out, would love to go down 10 lbs - and this looks easy and manageable. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      The dietitian that works along side my doctor said to make sure I am well hydrated because it helps with the digestion of food, and that it is especially necessary when eating a lot of fiber rich raw vegetables to drink enough water so that they don't get stuck on the way down and cause a blockage. I know it's important to drink before you eat, and also that it will not hurt you to drink with your meals. To lose weight effectively, eliminate sugar and high carbohydrate foods from your diet, increase your consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables (eat them mostly raw since they lose many of their vitamins and nutrients when they are cooked), avoid fried and fatty foods, exercise, and drink plenty of water, before, after, and during your meals. You do not want to be drinking less water by avoiding it during meal times. It is also helpful to drink green tea (sweeten with Stevia if needed).

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Daniel, thanks for the great comments-- Let us know how it goes and when you notice a difference. I find I feel a lot less "bloaty" when I don't drink with meals.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Hello Cathleena Beams-- you have a lot of good points, and thanks for the comments! Yes, most important to stay well hydrated. If I am feeling thirsty when I eat-- I drink at the same time. I have found however that I feel much better when I remember to drink between meals. I would never suggest to ignore the advice of your doctor and dietitian, but you could try the experiment of drinking two big glasses of water an hour or so before you eat-- then have a small glass of water with your meal. I am guessing that you will not need as much water to "wash down your food" because you will be hydrated and your saliva more active. I have been a vegetarian all my life so I get plenty of fiber --still struggle with trying to eliminate carbohydrates-- ahh, pasta! And yes, love Stevia and green tea. And yes, if the only time you can drink is with meals, then do not skip.

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      Ebonny 4 years ago from UK

      This is most interesting - I will give it a try.

      Also liked the tip about pulling the belly up and not just in. Voted up and interesting.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      I tested myself: I just visited my mother for a week and did not drink water between meals. Besides that I ate my regular food and walked and did yoga the regular amount. I gained 5+ pounds. I think I will go back to my drinking between meals!!!

      (Actually wish I had done it on vacation :)

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Ebonny. Sometimes I wear a rubber band on my wrist to remind me-- every time I see it, I pull in my belly button-- in and up! It does work, and I am almost ready for a bikini rather than a one piece :)

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Drinking water is one of my biggest challenges in losing weight. While I was working at the Bank as Sales Manager, I had to visit clients a lot. Since I am not comfortable using the washrooms outside my workplace/home, I started the habit of not drinking water which I continued for years. Even after I quit my job, I did not change my habit. I started the habit of drinking 1 lit water early morning recently. At first, I threw up but now I am able to do it. Hopefully, I can increase my water intake to 5 liters a day. Useful Hub, voted up!

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Anamika, thank you for your answer-- I think you are the first to mention how sometimes we can be uncomfortable in using public facilities. (I have one family member who can hold it a long time :)

      I am impressed that you realized what you want to change, and are doing it-- but worry about you throwing up-- maybe too quick a change? I am very pro water, pro healthy diet-- but if your body reacts badly to a change, then take note and think about it. (Recently I have been struggling to swallow vitamins, so am trying to figure out a solution).

      5 liters of water a day seems like a lot-- I am medium active, about 5' 7" , about 133 pounds, and aim for drinking 2 pints of water 3 times a day -- that's only about 3 liters of water. (This is my in-between meal liquid amount, not including juice or tea etc). Obviously I don't know your lifestyle, but aim for hydrating your body perfectly so you choose and use food wisely. I have trouble remembering this!! My best tip is to have a pint glass of water on the table near your bed, and drink it before you get up. Take the glass and fill it and drink it before you brush your teeth. This is one of the best ways to set yourself up for the day. (Plus, if you're like me you won't remember it because your are still half asleep). Let me know how it goes--

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      The 1 liter of water I drink in the morning now is all I drink as of now apart from 1 cup of green tea and 1 glass of juice in a day. My Personal Trainer wants me to drink 5 liters of water in a day but I still have a problem with water. I am hoping to increase my water intake slowly and steadily so that my body would not resist the change. Let's see how long it would take to reach my target.

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Water is still the best -- as something to take the dirt and anything undesirable from our body, to maintain hydration, and not to mention will make one slim. Thanks for the great hub! :)

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      KellyMediaBest 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      I guess I never knew that drinking water with meals diluted your "digestive juices". I always drink a lot of water throughout the day, but I don't know if I could give up having a tall glass with meals. I always get really thirsty easily when I am eating. But this all makes sense, and water does wonders for the body.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      You don't need to give up drinking with meals altogether I think! If you really try to drink a couple of big glasses at least an hour before eating (not always easy I know) then just have a small glass for sipping. I am not always one hundred percent successful, but I do notice how much better I feel when I do. (As well as weighing less :)

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      steve 4 years ago

      Hi Ciel, I have been working out for a long time and I'm here to tell you

      I've only gained weight and I'm pretty athletic. I've been searching for many years for an answer to my weight gain then I found this blog or page. Anyway, to make a long story short. I have stopped drinking with my meals and actually have started trading all my enriched starches for low glycemic ones. For one, I drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning, then make my morning toast; sprouted grain bread or something healthy. Then drink more water an hour later and more water before my lunches and dinner etc... Well, I have to tell you I have lost weight that it's almost scary, the fat face is going away and I'm fitting into 38 size pants from 42!! My stomach feels good too. I noticed when I was eating bad starches I would not digest it well at all

      having bouts of acid reflux, bad burping and a lazy feeling. All that is just about gone especially the reflux. I look forward to the challenge everyday to follow this program and it's working so far. Thanks!

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      Youness Kassimi 4 years ago from Casablanca

      That right we can not leave water in our life, especially to lose our weight, thank you for this helpful article.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for reading and commenting Youness001!

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      Lady Jen Palven 4 years ago from Philippines

      water is really good to our body, my aunt is drinking 8 or more glasses a day because it makes her urinate easily but we didn't know that she has develop an acute heart disease (i forgot the exact name of the disease) because of the water accumulated her lungs and affected her breathing pattern and her legs are swelling. This concludes that we should not drink more than 8 glass of water. I know that water can help in for loosing weight because i used this when i was in high school but are you drinking cold water from your fridge or the warm water?Great hub by the way, lots of information.Thanks you for sharing.

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      IOwn 4 years ago from My laptop in the UK

      Interesting Hub

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      zulumuscle 4 years ago

      Really awesome post, I generally drink to thirst. I have heard that drinking (ice) cold water is great for losing weight. Drinking water an hour or so before meals is an interesting idea, I know people usually recommend drinking water before your meals so you will not eat much but i think if you drink water an hour before meals and measure the amount of food you eat each day so as to not over eat, that would be beneficial. I feel it is all about self control, we usually eat more than we need because our brains take long to realize (although this can be solved by eating slower) we are full and we eat till our stomachs rise.

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      Chewy Mommy 4 years ago

      I am trying to lose a lot of baby weight (if it can still be called baby weight now that the last baby is 4) and I have been trying to drink water while eating thinking it will help me eat less. Your article makes a lot of sense and I am going to start skipping the water with meals and drinking more in between. I definitely don't drink enough in general because I kind of hate water, but I am working on it. I do drink a lot of decaf herbal tea between meals. I am hoping it will have the same effect as drinking straight up water.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Ha, yes! My second child is now two and a half and although I actually weigh less now than pre-preg, my shape has not yet gotten back to where I want it. (Plus my shoe size went up half a size --annoying when you finally have a great collection of shoes!).

      I drink a lot of herbal tea -- I love any kind of mint, and Red Zinger is another favorite, also sometimes a dash of lemon juice (and a little stevia if you want sweet) -- I think healthy additions to water are great, especially if it means you drink more water. (My teen son tried to convince me that diet root beer was healthy -- luckily he usually prefers water. When he drinks a soda I think regular is better -- I am very suspicious about all the chemical diet sweeteners).

      I think this is one of those switches like when you try to reduce your salt intake -- the first couple of weeks are difficult and you have to make an effort, but then it becomes natural.

      When I'm at work and have an actual lunch break, it's easy for me to drink and refill my water bottle a couple of times between 9-11AM and then between 3-5PM. At home, with a more flexible schedule (especially now with a two year old teething his molars...) at the first hunger twinge, I drink my two pints of water. (Or tea, lemon water, vinegar water, or whatever flavor you can add that gets you drinking. (I like hot water with lemon juice and cinnamon, and sometimes I will have "soup" with hot water, a tiny bit of olive oil, and a sprinkle of seasoning.

      (These flavors are not specific recommendations --most important is to find things that you like, tiny additions to water that you enjoy, and are healthy).

      A lot of people agree that pure, plain water is the best. That makes sense when you think of all the work your body does just processing food. I love any kind of juice, and could drink a pint easily, so when I have that craving, I drink a pint of water, and then a tiny bit of juice. Surprisingly it is just as tasty because I sip it instead of just pouring it down my throat!

      I don't tell myself that I have to wait an hour or two past that time to eat -- If I'm really hungry and that's really the only time I have to eat then I would eat. Usually though, it is about an hour until I feel hungry again, and I eat without being thirsty and needing to drink.

      Let me know how it goes!

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      Madison Gardiner. 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Wow great hub, very inspirational in a sense.

      I discovered half a year ago about the magic of drinking enough water. I also learned drinking COLD water would support burning calories. I try to be sure to drink 8 cups of water every day. After making sure I drank plenty of cold water every day my weight dropped too. I love your tips for eating between meals, this is something I will absolutely keep in mind. Great hub, voted up!

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      i started to lose wieght for 2 days my weight is 65kg and hieght is 5 7 i drink a lot of water will it works 4 years ago

      i started drinking water to lose weight my wght is 66 and height is 5 7 will it works to make me get rid of 5 to 10 kg in a month

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      Anastasia Kingsley 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I've read this hub before, and it's a great reminder in the winter when weight gain is especially easy, particularly during the holidays. Great "food for thought". Best to you, Anastasia

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      tom 4 years ago

      i started to lose wieght for 3 days my hiegt is 5 6 and weight is 66 i drink water as you say will it works to lose 5 to 10 kg in a month

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      Gritty Savage 4 years ago from Brooklyn, NY to Florida

      Yes this is very true. I like your hub, great story. I stopped drinking soda and drank water instead and lost 60 lbs. Not only is it the healthier option, but it fills you up before meals and you eat less!

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      Abdul Wahab 4 years ago from Yanbu Al-Bahar, Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia

      Great hub, i have been drinking lots of fresh juices lately , it really helps you eat less. Thanks for sharing

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. This is very useful. :-)

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      Dinesh K takyar 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Makes sense to me. But let me try this out for 3 months from today and then I'll get back. Thanks for sharing!

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I have heard the same message some years ago. It was a radio program where the speaker told the same thing. It is advised that drink water at least 1/2 hour prior to eating and 2 hours after that. He also suggested that no cold water.

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      sajid 4 years ago

      a wonderful post

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks to all for the great comments and for reading -- I am just finishing up this semester, so as soon as finals and grading are over I want to come back and answer your comments personally...

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      compu-smart 4 years ago from London UK

      I used to drink lots of water for basic health reasons but having discovered that Chlorine is also added to the water, and from what I know about Chlorine, it's not good for you. or is it??

      CS. London.

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      tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

      Drinking lots of water is terrific. I drink several glasses each night from a filtered pitcher. It feels great, and helps avoid hunger pangs.

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      Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

      As a diabetic, I see the benefits of drinking water between meals. When I fill up on water during a meal, I get ill or stuffed. Thanks for the article and the great reminders.

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      Jane 4 years ago from UAE

      I drink 3 glasses of water first thing when i wake up and it keeps me fresh and alert through out the day. Great hub

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Love this question.

      I think you know the answer -- but how can we get a better alternative?

      I do own a bottle of chlorine bleach but I rarely use it -- there are warning labels on most of our clothes (even white sheets and towels) DO NOT USE BLEACH. Just went to find this bottle and also see warnings such as hazards to humans and animals, irritation, chemical burns, wash after handling (with chlorine water?).

      But I also know that the one time while traveling in an area with unsafe water and ignored the ice in my drink... Any details I could give would be TMI so let me just say the next five days were not good. I would have put a bit of bleach in that drink for sure. (My mom and other dad sailed around the world (took them 15 years!) and added chlorine to their water tank when they filled up at a port-- they are both almost 70 and still traveling healthily.

      I think the best thing would be if everyone had naturally clean (where??) or perfectly filtered tap water with no additives. Until that happens... When I move to a place I do research the water supply -- I also ask if fluoride is added or not. I fill up water bottles with our really good filter, but I also drink from medium good fridge filter, and also tap water. I alternate filter and tap for my 2 1/2 year old because I do want him to get the fluoride (asked the dentist can't I just put a drop in a water bottle for him, but no).

      So, any scientists out there who can add to this?

      Buying water, especially in plastic drink and toss bottles -- hm... Have never liked this idea. I did just see a water bottle with a built in filter that you can re-use 15-20 times. That sounds like a good step?

      Ps. when I lived in London I only drank tap water. (I mean when I drank water -- also when I learned to appreciate good beer.)

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      So true... It's good to figure out your personal eating style. Lately it seems I have been eating my biggest meal in the morning -- I wake up hungry, drink a big glass of water I have on my bedside table (now I put a lid on it to keep the cats from sharing it, bleh), and then by the time our household gets going and I have time to eat I eat less and healthier than without that first pint of water -- without the water I would get to the kitchen and crave a pint of juice.

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Missy Mac, thank you for reading and answering. I think it is so interesting when something we (in general) take as the regular way to do things is questioned. Probably people tend to eat and drink at the same time because...?

      I do find that if I forget to drink water an hour or so before a meal and drink during that I eat more and feel less well afterwards.

      I don't know why some advice we are given sticks with us, but visiting my cousins and my aunt (diabetic) telling us not to drink too much when we ate so we could digest better -- (35 years ago??) -- still clear memory. Wonderful woman --(also had us take a multi-vit and an chewable vit C every day and I loved it. I think my cousins usually hid theirs).

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Oh, love it --when you find a system that works for you, that is the key. I find I do best when I am teaching because then I have 15 minute breaks. I drink filtered water or tea in the morning then just keep filling up at the water fountain during break. (Or if I just want to escape from class for a minute).

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      Thaphythina 4 years ago

      Hello. And Bye.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      That's a great dieting tip that I've not actually heard before, most people suggest drinking with meals to fill up more, but I can see how that might effect stomach acids and stuff. Will have to try your method instead. Thanks

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      My Momma and Daddy told me the same thing about drinking so much at meals. We are allowed to drink some but only a small amount. I was a sickly little girl so never ate much so I pretty much got to drink or eat whatever. (We did not have junk food around so whatever was what foods were handy.)

      Drinking a bit before meals is a good idea. Thanks for sharing this with us.

      Happy New Year ....sending Angels to you and yours.. :) ps

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      Victoria Postlewait 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      You are right! Water does make you lose weight but I always forget. I started drinking one bottle of water every 2 hours last week, I ended up drinking about 8 bottles a day, the next morning when I had weighed myself, I kid you not, I lost 3-4lbs. I have never lost so much in one day before, I felt less bloated, was going to the bathroom regular, it was great. But of course a few days later I became busy at work so I ended up forgetting. Need to drink more water again! Thanks for a great informative hub! Voted up!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Hmmmm... I always drink water with meals but this time I might try! :D

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      Megan Harvison 4 years ago from SW Florida

      Great hub. I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about all things weight loss but I have learn from you. Voted up and sharing with my followers.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I've always been a believer of a gallon of water a day keeps the weight away. Your hub is very informative and useful. My father actually used to say not to drink hot drinks with cold meals and vice versa. I'm going to try this and see how it goes. Voting up!

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      DRockell 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Great hub! I'm definitely going to try to drink more between meals instead of with them. I'm also a fan of regular tap water. Looking forward to seeing what the results might be. Thanks for writing this!

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      Ciel Clark 4 years ago from USA

      Great comments, thanks. I am not sure why, but it is difficult to be consistently good!! An above comment was about remembering for a few days and then....

      So true.

      I use little tricks to remind myself (rubber band on wrist is great) and am happy when at least 75% on track :)

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      watergeek 4 years ago

      I always keep a big glass of water next to my computer. If I drink one in the morning and one in the afternoon, plus my mealtime water, it's nearly enough to meet the dailies. As long my pee is nearly transparent, I know I'm good. Thanks for writing this Ciel. It's important information.

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      Sophie Newsome 4 years ago from New York

      We all tend to think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty. Nice hub :)

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      xavier 3 years ago

      great post but fluoride destroys your pineal gland and is actually really bad for you.

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