05 Mar Wanting to Lose Weight … how much water are you drinking?
The following are some really interesting facts extolling the benefits of consuming water. This is from a study from University of Washington (USA), but the data could be mapped across the Australian population with comparable results.
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water before bedtime was shown to shut down midnight hunger pangs in almost 100% of the dieters studied in the University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, is the number 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water was found to trigger fuzzy short-term memory, and promoted difficulty with focusing on a computer screen.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?
Brenda Davy, Assoc. Prof of Nutrition at Virginia Tech, USA, supervised a study that included 48 overweight or obese men and women between the ages of 55 and 75 who were on a low-calorie diet (1,200 calories per day for women and 1,500 calories per day for men). Half of the people were instructed to drink 16 ounces of water (a schooner glass in the Australian vernacular or about 475ml)– the amount in a small bottle of spring water — before meals.
After three months, the participants who drank water had lost an average of about 15.5 pounds (7 kg), compared with just 11 pounds (4.9kg) in the control group, according to the study, the first results of which were published early 2012 in the journal Obesity.
Davy says that people who are trying to lose weight should bring a refillable water bottle to work and drink from it throughout the day. “And try to have two cups of water 20 minutes before each main meal,” she says.
Research has shown that drinking cold water will help you to burn more calories. Your body works to heat up the water by burning calories.
And if you have access to a tap … it is free. And when you add hypnotherapy to the mix?? I had a client recently who was not only obese but was consuming about 3 litres of Coke a day. (75 teaspoons of sugar). He was amazed after the first session of hypnotherapy how not only was he not drinking soft drink, but he had developed an insatiable desire to drink water. And of course he lost 3kg in the first week.
Give it a thought!
Cameron Hypnotics is at The Junction … 5 minutes from Newcastle CBD