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Healthy Eating Tip: Drink Water First

How much water have you had today? The eight glasses a day theory has come under scrutiny, but we still need to stay hydrated, especially if we exercise and/or live in a hot, dry climate.

But there's another reason you want to keep hydrated; studies have found that folks who stay on top of their water intake actually consume fewer calories. This could be because sometimes we can confuse the feeling of dehydration with the feeling of hunger. So, in an effort to stay hydrated and keep your calories down, think about drinking a glass of water before your meals. You may find that you feel fuller faster, and if nothing else, it's a good way to guarantee you'll be drinking a few glasses of water a day.


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austerity austerity 8 years
Very good tip. Also, start your day by having a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey and a dash of lemon juice dissolved into it. Wait ten minutes before consuming anything else. Doing this regularly will cleanse your insides and helps to lose weight and also to attain glowing skin.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My theory is that if you are drinking water during the day, you aren't eating snacks and other random crap. So you consume fewer calories. Makes sense to me!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
great tip. i've been taking an antibiotic for a little while, which i have to take mid-meal with a full glass of water, and i find that i never want to finish eating after having all of that fluid.
joy76 joy76 8 years
Well perhaps I should start drinking more. This is enough reason for me, someone should have said this ages ago ;-)
EmyAnne EmyAnne 8 years
except don't drink water during or within 1/2 hour after a meal, it dilutes the digestive juices in your stomach and can cause gas/bloating and poor absorption and digestion! My gastroenterologist told me that this week :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to agree with this. i find that if i'm always managing to have water, then i don't feel as hungry and i don't eat as much - so therefore i'm eating fewer calories. what's better than that - being healthy, staying hydrated and not gaining weight
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I used to hate water but if it's super cold I'll drink it. I've been drinking a lot (more than 8 glasses a day) and I feel great!
JessicaLE JessicaLE 8 years
This couldn't be more true. Yesterday I sat down in front of my favorite meal, and ate just half of what I normally would. My stomach was just too full from all the water I had just drunk! It also really helps me digest higher fiber foods without having that bloated feeling.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
I like that.. the more water I drink the less I do tend to eat. My hubby just came in with 3 bottles of water for me also :) So thirsty today.
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