Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Drink Water to Lose Weight

Drinking water is one of the biggest tips I can share with anyone trying to lose weight.

Invest in a filter! It is important that your water taste good and not have a lot of chemicals in it. A filter, whether on your faucet, a counter top container, or one in the frig, will pay for itself in a short period of time instead of buying bottled water.

Most tap water in the US is considered "safe" to drink. And it may be. For me, the taste and smell of the chlorine was too much. Not bad for an occasional glass, but I drink almost a gallon of water a day and it was upsetting my stomach.

If you think you don't like water--try some pure, filtered water. It can make all the difference.

You don't have to drink a gallon like me, but it won't hurt you either! I actually prefer water to just about anything else. And I used to drink a 6 pack of diet soda a day!

Why does water help you lose weight? One reason is that we eat less if we are drinking water. Many times when we eat it is because we are actually a bit (or a lot) dehydrated. In other words, we are thirsty! So rather than eating to get the water content out of the food, go direct to the source. At zero calories that is hard to beat!

We also eat less when we drink water because we feel fuller. The water takes up some space in our digestive system, so we have a comfortable sense of fullness and don't feel the need to fill up on food.

Another reason drinking water helps us lose weight is it helps to flush our systems. It keeps things running smoothly and cleans out the bad stuff. Just like flushing your car's radiator, drinking lots of good water on a regular basis keeps our systems nice and clean and our body is better able to regulate itself!

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