Water weight loss is not new. It has been rediscovered every decade since the 1960's. In the latest research (2010), it was said that water may be effective for weight loss because it fills the stomach with a zero calorie substance. When we feel full, we eat less, is the theory.
There is one problem with this thinking. It is unhealthy. When we drink water with or immediately before a meal, it dilutes the nutrients in the stomach and could adversely affect proper digestion.
Also, the same 2010 study said let thirst be your guide. This is contrary to a body of research showing the elderly are chronically dehydrated because thirst is not a good indicator of hydration needs.
We need to train our bodies to drink more. With out the appropriate salt, the frequent trips to the bathroom will make people adjust their water consumption. It is human nature to avoid discomfort, ie avoid the need for the trips to the bathroom.
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The right way to stimulate water weight loss is to dissolve unprocessed sea salt in the mouth and then drink water (proportionate to your weight). This should be done 30 to 45 minutes before a meal, not during a meal.
Rather than filling the stomach, if water and salt are consumed prior to eating, the water has time to go through the gut, into the blood stream and create a new mucous bed inside the stomach, preparing it for food. The difference, rather than being full, we feel satiated. We feel like we do not need to eat because we have met our bodies needs.
We are testing the water fast. There are numerous studies on the benefits of fasting using only water. It is considered a viable way to improve outcomes with cancer treatments.
The weight loss results can be dramatic. The refeeding or return to eating once the fast is completed is critical. It has to be preformed very carefully. Likewise, changes in habits needs to be implemented to prevent the weight from returning. Discover more about it as we continue to research the topic.
In the 1960's, the Stillman Diet (the inspiration for Atkins and the Zone diets) prescribed drinking 10 glasses of water a day. So drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water before a meal is nothing new.
To fully understand the water cures for weight loss, review some of the other aspects of obesity and weight loss.
What is the Definition of Obesity Note: We have a different definition.
Symptoms of Obesity The number one symptom holds the clue to the cure.