Water to Keep Your Metabolism Up

Diets are fickle things.  One minute carbs are evil, the next it’s red meat, red meat AND carbs, then out of the blue it will be something random, like eating Acai berries to balance it all out.

Water for Health and Weight LossThrough it all, I’ve noticed that water has maintained its position as a beneficial tool for weight loss.  How and when you should drink water and how much exactly have always been up for debate.  I know that for me, when I want a snack in the afternoon I go and grab a glass of water.  Usually by the time I’ve finished it, I don’t want that snack anymore, or will settle for a piece of fruit rather than chips.  Water is something our body needs and can really help us find balance.  I recently read this in SELF Magazine, 2011:

Studies show that people who drink 8-ounce glasses of water eight to 12 times a day have higher metabolic rates than those who drink four. Want to lose an extra 6.6 pounds a year? Drink half a liter of water before breakfast. According to researchers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., people who downed water before their first meal of the day consumed an average of 75 fewer calories at breakfast than those who didn’t drink up first.

I’ve blogged a few things about water in the past, including water consumption pre-surgery and results of the best and worst bottled water.  And don’t forget, if you regularly get headaches, try drinking more water.  Headaches can be a sign of dehydration. Sometimes drinking a tall glass of pure water is enough to stop a headache in its tracks. Staying hydrated is also a good way to prevent headaches from occurring in the first place.

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