Did you know one of the MAIN reasons that so many people get off track when dieting and attempting to lose weight is those nagging hunger pangs?
They can derail the best of us with intense hunger taking over our mind, whittling away our will power until it practically no longer exists. When this happens, we often reach for whatever is immediately available, and often times, it’s NOT the healthiest choice.
While “cheating” a little every now and again shouldn’t be enough to make you give up your goal of becoming fit and in-shape, unfortunately that’s what seems to happen to so many people. A few mistakes can quickly turn into giving up and becoming complacent.
Flush away fat and water weight
One of the most important things you can do to curb hunger pangs and lose those extra pounds for good is to drink LOTS of water. Of course, it’s still essential to eat regular, nutritious meals in order to keep your metabolism burning at its max, but drinking water throughout the day can help you stay on track so that you can accomplish your goals.
Drinking at least eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water each day helps to raise the metabolism, cleanse the body of waste and can even serve as an appetite suppressant. It also helps the body stop retaining too much water which can help you drop those extra water weight pounds.
Avoid falling into this trap
When you feel the urge to snack, you might just be thirsty. Read that sentence again. So many of my clients fall into the trap of THINKING they're hungry when they're really just thirsty.
Instead of immediately going for something to eat, try drinking a glass of water instead. If you’re still hungry 15 minutes later, it may be time to grab a nutritious bite, but the odds are, you’ll find your appetite has diminished. Keeping a bottle of water with you throughout the day and drinking when you begin to feel hungry is one of the best weapons you can employ in your arsenal of fighting those stubborn pounds.
Use this timing “trick” for weight loss
As water has the ability to act as an appetite suppressant, drinking it before meals helps to make you feel more satisfied quicker, thereby reducing your total food intake. Research has found that consuming this healthy beverage before meals may result in an average reduction of 75 calories each time. This means that over a year, you might ingest around 27,000 FEWER calories – just by drinking water before one meal each day, resulting in a loss of about eight pounds!
Can you imagine the possible results from making this a habit before every meal? Just by doing the math, you can see that this simple act can offer huge results.
Because drinking water also helps to prevent muscle cramping and keeps the joints lubricated, you’ll also be able to work out for a longer period of time, and more intensely too.
Follow this plan on work out days
Those who work out a lot should be drinking even more than the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day for optimal weight loss, or to maintain an ideal weight. The exact amount can vary depending on your size, weight and particular activity level, but in general, every day you should aim to drink one-half to one ounce of water for each pound that you weigh. You can tell if you’re getting enough by taking a look at your urine after going to the bathroom – it should be clear or pale yellow. If it’s darker, you need to drink more water.
If you just can’t imagine drinking that much water, remember that sipping an herbal tea or adding a squeeze of lemon can help you meet your water needs without giving up flavor.
Yours in health,
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