Let’s face it. So much has been said about the benefits of drinking water.
Just doing a quick search on Google will give you more advice than you’ll ever need to know (thus the facetiousness of this post’s title).
But a recent issue in Fitness Magazine sported a small article toward the end that caught my attention. And it suggested that drinking 2 glasses of water, before even having breakfast, will help you lose weight.
No. Not just 1 glass of water (which I’ve heard many times before), but 2 full glasses of water!
Human Body + Water Logic
It seems like a lot, but it makes sense, and for the following reasons:
- 1. Overnight the body loses water.
- 2. The body is made up of approximatedly 70% water.
2 Glasses of Water Before Breakfast
Yes. A recent study at Virginia Tech tested individuals by having them drink 2 glasses of water before breakfast.
On average, people who drank 2 glasses of water before their A.M. meal consumed 75 fewer calories than those who didn’t.
Apparently, the 2 glasses of water act to do the following:
- 1. Boosts metabolism. Because the water causes the body to raise its temperature. Studies have shown that people who drank 8-12 glasses of water per day had higher metabolic rates than those who drank far less.
- 2. Helloo? It obviously fills the stomach. And this causes one to be less hungry just prior to eating.
- 3. Needed for vital cellular activity. Most of the time when you are hungry, you are actually thirsty or slightly dehydrated. After all, the body is made up of 70% water, so it makes sense to drink water first before you eat a meal.
For those wanting to lose extra body weight, it makes sense to try this water-drinking technique first. I think there is enough evidence out there that hints to drinking water, since the body is made up of so much water content, first replenishing any water deficit in the body makes complete sense.
Of course, a gallon of water is equivalent to 16 standard glasses of water, so it would seem impossible to actually do that in a day, let along 8 glasses of water. But, it’s safe to assume if you are an athlete, a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day seems actually a healthy estimate!