Just being too busy or just plain lazy, we have many excuses why we cant exercise. Too stressed out at work gives us the reason to indulge in food that we feel comfortable and happy. But outcomes do matter and weight gain spells disaster.
We have heard of fad diets that do work but temporarily. It still boils down to strict discipline and watching carefully what we eat and following the right regimen to the right activity. We all know that… we heard that advice in the news, in the magazine so what esle is new? Something that is simple and so close within your grabs but never thought about it?
Well heres something interesting and novel study that was presented at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston:
The study included 48 adults between age 55 and 75 who were divided into two groups. The study participants drank about 1.5 cups of water per day prior to joining in the study.
One group drank two cups of water before meals and the other didn’t. All participants ate a low-calorie diet throughout the study.
After 12 weeks, water drinkers lost about 15.5 pounds, compared to non-water-drinking dieters, who lost only 11 pounds.
Not only were those who drank water before meals more successful after 12 weeks, but they also kept “the weight off for a full year after the weight loss study.” Even better, most water drinkers, followed for an additional 12 months, not only kept weight off but “even lost another 1 to 2 pounds”.
The study is really not novel in idea but for the first time, a scientific study has been done to substantiate what I have been recommending to my patients who are diabetics and overweight. It is a smple formula of dirinking water before each meal to allow one to feel full and therefore less hungry. By doing so, one tends to be more careful with what one eats and therefore has the best chance of losing weight or maintaining it.
Water is still the best to fill you up…. its available 24 hours and free. How much water do I recommend one to take daily?
I recommend at least 8- 10 glasses of water for women and up to 14 glasses for men!
But remember.. to be successful means the triad of discipline, low calorie healthy food and the right amount of exercise! Now ADD Plenty of WATER!!!!
Simple regimen to lose weight…TRY IT!