It is something that happens as women get older – we put on weight and unless you are rigorous about your diet and exercise it can soon expand into being more than just a few pounds. There is nothing wrong with putting on a little weight; indeed during the menopause years it is the body’s way of providing us with natural estrogen as it is created from the fat cells as compensation for the natural reduction at this time of life.
However if you want to keep it at a few pounds I can offer you a simple suggestion that is proven to help lose weight. I don’t know about you, but one of the things I have found most aggravating about getting older is how often my mother has been proved right. What is this magical weight loss ingredient that costs you nothing and has absolutely no side-effects?
Something that I hope you already have plenty of every day in your diet — plain, simple, water. It’s something that’s been around for a long time and suggested as a way of losing weight that you drink a large glass of water before each meal and now scientists have documented that it really is true. There has been a clinical trial of this amazing weight loss-promoting liquid and the results were reported at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Boston.
Previous studies had already shown that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water immediately before eating a meal consumed between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. In this recent 12 week study, dieters aged between 55 and 75 who drank water before every meal lost about 5 pounds more than those who did not increase their water intake.
You have to love scientists as they are incapable of taking anything at face value and so here we now have the scientific proof from a randomized, controlled clinical trial that drinking water before you eat will make you feel fuller, so you will eat less. Also research from Columbia University School of Public Health and the Harvard School of Public Health had previously found that when overweight teenagers substituted water for sweetened drinks such as squashes and colas they could eliminate an average of 235 excess calories per day. So if you are a soft drink fan – think of how it easy it would be to cut those calories.
Water is essential for so many functions in our body and if you want to know more about its role in helping you lose weight then there is a good free factsheet available from the Natural Hydration Council. You will find it [here]
And if you want to do more to help children and their water consumption there is also an excellent free downloadable factsheet ‘Hydration for Children – Back to School’ which explains the importance of adequate hydration for children both from a health perspective and from an educational perspective in terms of maximizing cognitive performance in the classroom.
It contains many helpful facts, tips, and information that will be very helpful for anyone wanting to improve the health and alertness of children. You can download it from this website – www.naturalhydrationcouncil.org.uk – and then click on the link to Hydration for Children – Back to School.