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Physician Weight Loss Tip of the Week

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

Looking to lose weight, but not ready to commit to a complete diet regimen? While a comprehensive, physician-assisted weight loss plan that takes into account your unique metabolism and needs remains the best way to lose weight, there are some small steps to wellness that you can try.

However, finding simple, reliable weight loss tips can be challenging. Every day, new information about how to lose weight “quickly and easily” is added to the web. Regrettably, not all of it is true. So, to help you sift through the sea of misinformation out there, here is a small tip about how you can cut your weight by just a little and move towards a healthier BMI:

Drink more Water

Water is really one of the healthiest things you can drink.Here’s a fun fact: by weight, the body of an adult human male is roughly 60% water on average, while an adult female is closer to 50% on average. However, the actual percentage of weight that a person derives from body water may vary wildly from these numbers based on body fat content (adiposity), age and even general health.

The human body is particularly well adapted to metabolizing water; it’s really one of the healthiest things you can drink. The knowledge that water is such a healthy material has led to this particular tip being circulated: “drink water before a meal to cut your appetite.”

This piece of advice might work for some, but not all. Why? Because the human body is so good at processing and metabolizing water. Drinking a glass of water before a meal might reduce the sensation of hunger temporarily, even enough to get through the meal itself, but the hunger will return as soon as the body finishes processing that water, which it will do fairly quickly.

However, this is not to say that drinking more water (within reason) is pointless. On the contrary, water is a vital part of your nutrition. For most adults, the average amount of water (or other fluids) that should be consumed each day is roughly 1.9 liters, depending on health, general activity level and other factors.

Many people either do not get enough fluids for their needs, or consume drinks that are less than ideal for the body, such as soda and alcohol (which can actively dehydrate the body). By replacing these unhealthy drinks with fresh, clean water, you can improve your overall health and cut your calorie consumption.

For some, drinking water instead of carbonated drinks can lead to modest weight loss, or prevent the gaining of weight. However, this tip may not work for everyone. Every person is different, and will respond to general weight loss tips differently. This is part of the reason why it is so important to consult with a physician and establish a personalized weight loss plan.

If you find that you cannot seem to lose weight, even when following a strict diet and exercise routine that includes strategies such as this one, it may be time to try a different approach. Step Ahead Wellness is here to help you with our effective, proven 5-step weight loss program.

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