If you could do one super simple thing that could help you lose weight, improve your skin and feel more energetic, you'd do it, right? And what if I told you it wouldn't cost you anything either? Awesome, right? All you need to do: Drink one to two glass of water 30 min before each meal and sit back to reap these benefits.
Easy Weight Loss : Drinking more water is probably the simplest, and easiest to stick to, strategy you'll find to help with weight loss. It's free (or at least cheap) and readily available - all you need to do to get started is turn on the tap!
How Does Water Help Weight Loss?
There are a number of theories out there amongst the scientists, some of which are solidly backed up by the research, others which are more hypothetical.
These seem to be the most likely explanations:
Test meal studies have shown that drinking water prior to and during meals increases satiety and changes in feelings of satiety are associated with a lower overall calorie intake which, in turn, leads to weight loss.
Increasing Metabolic Rate
Water drinking may provide thermogenic increases metabolic rate. A faster metabolism burns more calories.
Mobilising Fat Stores
Water is essential for metabolising stored fat into energy, so much so, that the body’s metabolism could be slowed down by even fairly mild levels of dehydration. The slower your metabolism, the harder it is to lose weight.
Drinking Less Calories
The more water you drink, the less need you have for drinks that contain calories. The fewer calories you consume, the more weight you'll lose.
Numerous studies have shown that drinking water before meals can result in consuming less calories at those meals, which can ultimately lead to weight loss. This is probably because the water provides a sense of fullness, so not as much food is needed to reach the point of satiety. Plus, it doesn't hurt that choosing water as your drink of choice instead of an empty-calorie beverage can save more than 100 calories per glass.
Improve Your Skin: While drinking water before each meal may not be the equivalent of drinking from the fountain of youth, it certainly can help to improve rough, dry skin that is all too common this time of year, which can be worsened by dehydration. You may not feel as thirsty during the cold winter months as you do during the hot summer ones, but drinking water is important no matter what the weather.
Energize Your Day: Research has shown that even slight dehydration can cause a drop in energy levels. It makes sense as water is crucial for nearly every system of your body to function properly. And guess what? If you are thirsty, you are probably already slightly dehydrated. Prevent this from happening by drinking water regularly throughout the day--a glass before each meal is the perfect way to stay on an energy-boosting track.
Easy Weight Loss and better health and fitness levels
Drinking more water is probably the simplest, and easiest to stick to, strategy you'll find to help with weight loss as well as better health and fitness. It's free (or at least cheap) and readily available - all you need to do to get started is turn on the tap!
Keep in mind, you can always make drinking water more fun and exciting by adding lemon or any other fruits or herbs for flavoring, drink it as a tea, occasionally drinking as sparkling water with similar flavoring, drink it as some broth of your preference or add some protein powder for flavoring as well as making up for not enough protein from food if you are struggling. Water is already delicious but it can be made even better drink of choice if we add some creativity.
Enjoy wonderful water...