It’s 2013 and only now we get the memo?
Researchers have recently published a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that wanted to examine if the intuitive conclusion that consuming more water is a good way to lose weight can be proven scientifically. So they did a meta-study, which means a review of many/all previous studies, in order to decide. Here’s the big news:
Studies of individuals dieting for weight loss or maintenance suggest a weight-reducing effect of increased water consumption…
Maybe not such big news if you think about it logically. Humans need to hydrate. If we’re not drinking water, some other liquid needs to enter our body. Those other hydration choices are often caloric (soft drinks, juices, alcoholic beverages). Obviously drinking only water all day long, every single day can be boring. But it seems that in the US, we drinking too much of the other stuff, and not enough water.
“But I can’t stand the taste of water”
We hear this so often, it’s hard to believe. You can blame your parents (or yourself) for getting hooked on sugary drinks, but that won’t help you rectify the situation. There is hope though. You can gradually get your taste buds to enjoy many things, and water is definitely one of them.
The first glass of water is the hardest to swallow
Start with the simplest thing – pour yourself a glass of water and having near your work area. When you’re thirsty, it will be easier to reach for the water than get up and go to the fridge to get a soda. You’ll find yourself taking a sip. Maybe two. Soon enough you’ll have finished your first glass of water.
Ready for more? Here are 10 additional tips to get yourself drinking more water, consuming less liquid calories, and ultimately losing weight. Good luck!