Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Water...Food For Thought

Hello, my friends !

as you know, I've made a committment to myself to focus on things important to me this year.
not to be at the beck and call of what is important to others.
for me this is difficult as I am a natural-born giver.

part of this committment means losing weight,
weight which has just crept up on me, almost overnight.

I know, you know.

I subscribe to a newsletter from a physician who discusses weight loss,
and yesterday's email contained this very important article.

the absolute, without-a-doubt, proven results of the vital necessity of

& I'll admit right here that I have never consumed enough water,
I actually don't like drinking it alone, you know?

after reading and processing the below appended article I have vowed to follow this advice,
many, many, many years too late,
but, hey, I'm committed now.

article below can be found here

if you go to the site you will find a Q&A about this subject 
which is very interesting

The Most Inexpensive Weight Loss Ingredient Known to Man

One of the best weight loss foods might not be a food at all...A recent study performed by Brenda Davey, Ph.D., of Virginia Tech University finally demonstrated what many people have been saying for years…
There is a virtually free ingredient that can accelerate fat loss.
And surprisingly, the benefit far exceeded expectations.
In a randomized, controlled intervention trial, 48 adults were divided into two groups. One group consumed two units of this ingredient prior to their meals. The other did not.
All of the subjects ate a low calorie diet during the study.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the group that consumed this ingredient lost 44% more weight than the group that did not.1
Want to Know What This “Magic Ingredient” Is?
I bet you do!
The answer is… WATER… Pure H2O!!!
Two glasses of water before a meal can increase weight lossJust two cups of water before every meal increased weight loss dramatically.
How is that for a low cost weight loss solution?
Researchers are not sure why the results are so pronounced, but their best guess is that drinking water before meals leads to less calories consumed per meal.
I will admit that I am a bit surprised at how dramatic the results are… but the data is clear and convincing.
One thing to note is that the two groups were both consuming low calorie diets. I doubt you can use this technique and lose any weight by eating unhealthy, high calorie meals… so it is NOT a panacea.
Also, preliminary research indicates that the results are more pronounced in older adults than in people in their teens and early 20’s.
I would say this could be a healthy habit at any age — but if you are a mature adult it appears that drinking water before meals is a very smart addition to your current efforts to stay healthy and slim.
Action Steps and Final Thoughts
1) Keep a 16oz water bottle with you at all times. It makes sense that if you keep water with you, you’re more likely to drink it. On the other hand, if you get hungry and water is not close by, chances are you’ll just start your meal without it and miss this powerful weight loss opportunity.
2) If you go out, ask your waiter for two glasses of water upon arrival. Or if you get take out, order a 16 oz bottle of water with your meal and drink it before you begin eating. Over time, this will become habitual and second nature to you.

Steven Sisskind, M.D.

now, just one other little thing:

the author of the article about the 5 best places to live in Europe
has chastised me brutally for using her article.
I linked back to her, I gave her credit.
she demanded I remove it and I did.

Dr. Sisskind, I hope you do not feel the same.

& to all my readers, I realize the importance of posting original content,
if one has the time. 
I also think most of us like to post things which we believe will be of interest to our readers,
albeit from another source, if that source is recognized.

I have no wish to offend anyone.