Water and weight loss go hand-in-hand. A research, reporting result examined the data of 4,755 people from 1999 to 2001, and found that people who reported drinking water regularly also consumed 194 fewer calories than those who didn’t. (Obesity, Dec. 2016)
That’s great news. With all the effort that goes into beginning a new diet, it’s nice to know that a small change can make a difference.
But what if you don’t like plain water? Well, there are many flavored waters on the market. Just be sure to check the labels for sweeteners. Also, remember that sparkling water can be substituted for cola if you crave that effervescence. But if you want to save some money…
Water and Weight Loss – Tips and Ideas To Try At Home:
- Keep in mind that many “bottled” waters are just filtered tap water. For water and weight loss there are many options available now, from filters that hook up to the faucet, to special pitchers. Often these are a lot more inexpensive in the long run, versus buying gallon after gallon at the grocers. (For example, I bought a Brita pitcher for only $15, the filters are good for 2 months at 2 gallons per day, and I don’t taste that chlorine from my tap anymore: )
- Cucumber Spa Water: Per one pitcher of water- add one washed, peeled cucumber cut into 1/4 inch slices and one clean lemon, also cut into 1/4 inch slices, but with seeds removed. The longer you allow the ingredients to soak, the more flavor the water will have.
- Try adding a fresh squeeze of lime or lemon, or use a splash of pure bottled lemon or lime juice.
- Make your own Naturally-Flavored Fruit Water: Add thin slices of fresh strawberries or crush a handful blueberries, or blackberries (any berry you like). Then add to a pitcher, chill for 1-2 hours, and then strain.
- Try fresh herbs. Add a few basil leaves and a splash of lemon to a pitcher of water, or boil some ginger then chill for a very zingy drink.
- Try chilled unsweetened herbal teas. For example: Brew a pitcher of green tea and before setting it in the fridge to cool, add a few bags of peppermint tea. Remove the bags once its chilled (unless you like it super-minty). The combination is not only slightly sweet sans sugar, but also very refreshing. Rose hibiscus is also a naturally sweet tea and is caffeine free.
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