Friday, December 24, 2010

2 glasses of water before meals = 14.5 Lbs a year weight loss...big deal or big yawn?

14.5 lbs a year seems to be a very boring rate of weight loss...but on the other hand, water is free, good for you and 14.5 pounds a year can get you to your ideal weight eventually without changing very much else in your life.

I don't see a lot of people adding a 2 glass per meal water habit to their daily routine. It seems such a "tame" method. Now, if the article mentioned adding green tea to your diet with ginseng and honey, etc., a few converts might be expected. Perhaps this is why articles abound concerning the health benefits of coffee, tea, soups and certain juices. It may be just the simple act of taking in more water every day is making people healthier.

I believe I will try and add some more of that green tea to my diet. I especially like the mango flavor. I don't mind adding more water if I can spice it up a little.
The CNN Health report highlights these facts: 
"Dr. Brenda Davy, associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, presented  a study at last year's obesity conference in Phoenix, Arizona, showing that people who drank two glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes before every meal lost weight more quickly initially and lost significantly more weight than those who didn't.
In another study by Davy and her group, published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, she found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. This may not seem like much, but if you ate 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner for the next year, you could lose about 14½ pounds! In addition, being even 1 percent dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism, which can also interfere with weight loss."

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