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Are you Hungry or Dehydrated?

Supermodel Elle McPherson swears by alkaline living to stay slim and youthful; she also recommends drinking three litres of water every day [1].

When we think about weight loss we tend to think of restricting foods or reducing portion sizes, but what if the answer was simply to drink more water?  

In 2015 British researchers decided to test just that. They asked one group of overweight adults to eat a reduced calorie diet and drink 16 ounces of water half an hour before each meal. The control group simply cut calories. The results? After 3 months the participants who preloaded each meal with water lost nearly three pounds more than those who only followed a reduced calorie diet [2].

Often our cravings for food are really cries for water. Our body is made of approximately 75% water and many of us unwittingly allow ourselves to become dehydrated [3].

The sensation of thirst and hunger are generated simultaneously, but more often the body is calling for hydration rather than food.

Feeling Down or just Dehydrated? 

According to research from the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory, even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood.

The studies also suggest that women are more susceptible to the negative effects of low levels of dehydration than men. So next time you’re hungry between meals, drink a full glass of water; wait half an hour and see if you are still want those crackers and cheese. If the reason you’re craving food is to feel better, then drinking water might make the world seem more ‘glass full’ rather than ‘glass empty.’


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Barbara Shiells:

I think the difference of 3lbs over 3 months is not worth even mentioning! But I agree, more water needed and it will help lose weight – often by just slowing down the eating to sip water between mouthfuls helps. However I recently found out that Joe Wicks the so called “Body Coach” is suggesting to new clients and subscribers they drink 5 litres a day which is ridiculously excessive and dangerous. Up to 2 litres per day, which will vary on days when you exercise when you will need more.

Apr 13, 2016

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