A well balanced, healthy eating plan, combined with regular exercise, is the key to long-term weight loss success.
But with so many faddy and confusing diets on the market, it’s all too easy to be swept along with the latest craze.
It’s no wonder many people simply ‘yo yo’ diet or give up at the first hurdle, due to hunger, boredom, or the sheer impracticalities of the programme.
But there is one natural weight loss aid that all good healthy eating plans recommend.
Favoured by nutritionists and dieters alike, water can help you to lose weight sensibly and steadily, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A common challenge faced by dieters is hunger. Even those with the best intentions may turn to snacks if their stomach feels empty; which can result in them giving up their weight loss goals for good.
Sometimes, the dieter isn’t hungry at all, but simply thirsty, because they haven’t consumed enough water. When we become dehydrated the body can become confused and mis-read thirst for hunger.
The body is 80 per cent water and we need eight glasses a day in order to stay hydrated. This will replace any lost fluids and should curb the appetite. However, if hunger persists, fill up on a healthy snack.
Drinking plenty of water will help you feel fuller; and, unlike food, it won’t cost you any calories, which is great news for people who are trying to lose weight.
Try having a large glass of water before any social functions, parties or other events, so you won’t be tempted by any of the calorie laden nibbles on offer.
Many people carry a bottle of water with them to ensure they have access to fluid at all times – and as a reminder to drink regularly.
It also helps them to resist the urge to snack through boredom or out of habit.
And of course if you’ve got a water cooler in your office, get a drink before you reach for a snack.
Water provides numerous other health and weight loss benefits. It speeds up the metabolism, flushes out toxins, provides us with energy and is the ideal ‘fuel’ during exercise.
Small changes can result in big results. By sticking to a healthy eating plan and drinking plenty of water, you should soon notice a trimmer, healthier and happier new you.
Water success! Has drinking plenty of water helped you to shed the pounds? If so, how did you make sure you drank enough water every day? We’d love to hear your stories, so please share your comments and top tips below.