Well-Being

Need To Lose A Few Pounds? Drink Water

Weight Loss The Easy Way

While I sat writing this blog about water it started to rain, alot! Infact there was thunder and lightning. I am not sure how to take that? Do I have super powers? Did my fingers just do a rain dance on the keyboard or is it just plain old coincidence?

Now, we all know there is no such thing as coincidence… or is there? Anyway, as I was travelling home from teaching a Pilates class, I saw a poster of Superwoman. I can’t remember what superpowers Superwoman has, but I doubt it’s making rain!

Really, I shouldn’t be boasting. I’m actually quite pissed off as I am an official sun worshipper.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? You never know, one day something could trigger our DNA to allow us to transform into super humans. Or maybe I’ve been watching too much TV…

We all know drinking water is good for us but do we know why? Here are 3 reasons I will look at:

Eat Fewer Calories
Livestrong Health publication reports a study where participants consumed 75-90 fewer calories after drinking 2 8-oz glasses before each meal. Now consuming 90 fewer calories per meal may not seem like a whole lot but if you did this before every meal you could lose up to 28 pounds a year.

How?

If you save 90 calories a meal, three times a day, that’s 270 calories every day that you’re not eating. If you do this every day for a week you’ve consumed 1890 fewer calories. That is 98,280 calories a year.

3500 calories is equal to 1 pound of weight loss. If the maths are right that’s 28 pounds not gained!

On the flip-side, if you didn’t drink the water before each meal, that is an extra 90 calories that could cause you to gain 28 pounds in a year.

Hunger And Thirst Cues Are the Same
You may be reaching for a snack when what you should be reaching for is a tall glass of water. Spark People, a Well-being website published a recent article describing how the body sends out exactly the same signal for hunger that it does for thirst. Many people don’t know how to tell the difference between hunger and thirst, and because we so rarely think about dehydration we assume that we are hungry.

Next time you’re getting hungry signals from your brain try reaching for a glass of water instead. You may find out that you were just thirsty.

Water Aids Digestion Through Saliva
Digestion starts with saliva, which is made mostly of water. According to Everyday Health online publication, the enzymes in saliva are the beginning of the digestive tract. These enzymes help break down food so that they can be digested properly in the stomach. Without these, it wouldn’t be possible for food to be processed in the stomach.

Drinking water helps break down the fibre. Water-soluble fibre helps you to feel full after you eat. If you haven’t had enough water, or are dehydrated, digesting water-soluble fibre becomes almost impossible. Make sure that you are able to digest this food element properly by drinking lots of water.

Try these tips out and please let me know how you get on. What have you got to lose apart from potentially a few pounds?

Lets speak soon,

Cherron xxx

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