The problem with losing weight is, well who are we kidding, we all know what the problem with losing weight is, it’s hard. If losing weight was easy we would all want to be fat. The body was designed to make sure that if you don’t listen to it, it can make you very unhappy. The feeling of hunger is one that is hard to override. Unfortunately, there are all sorts of reasons why you can be experiencing the sensation of hunger and not all of them are because you are in need of calories. Stress, anxiety, pleasure seeking and even boredom can have your body signaling hunger and have you heading to the refrigerator. Before you start perusing the shelves, the first place to start to satiate your desire for food is by grabbing a glass of water.
The stomach is a funny thing. When something rushes into it, it sends a signal to the brain, almost like a “hey thanks”, the pangs of hunger begin to disappear. As smart as the body is, it can’t tell the difference between full that is due to calories and full which is due to fluid filling it up, at least not at first. If you take the time to drink a glass of water, or two, it is a proven fact that you will consume less calories at meal time. It is also possible to hold the body off to wait for dinner time. Instead of some munchies pre-dinner, try a couple of glasses of water.
Weight loss is as simple as an equation. We like to muddle it up with all sorts of scientific facts and complications, but it is all about the calories that you take in versus the calories that the body uses. When you consume too many calories that aren’t used, the body converts those additional calories to fat. It is an evolutionary process that signals the body to hold onto all the calories that it doesn’t use just in case there is a period of time when they aren’t available. Sometimes things that were originally supposed to save the human race works against us. If you want to lose weight you have to do two things, expend more calories and eat less calories so that you have a deficit in the equation.
In our hurried lives we do everything quickly. That can be both good and bad, when it comes to eating, that is definitely bad. Not only was the digestive system not designed to keep up with the overwhelming nature of the speed with which we eat, the brain can’t keep up to signal you to stop. If you take in calories too quickly, you are full long before your brain has the time to tell you so. When you drink a glass of water as a pre-warmup to eating, you are giving the brain additional time to catch up to what you are doing. By slowing down and drinking a glass of water, you will not only eat less, you will feel healthier and begin to lose weight without so much sacrifice. The key to weight loss is being able to curb the feeling of hunger, a glass of water may be the miracle diet aid you have been dreaming of.