If you want to lose weight drink a pint of water 30 minutes before eating. The University of Birmingham study shows that after a 12 week study 84 obese adults who drank one pint of water 30 minutes before a meal lost almost 10 pounds more than the participants who did not. Out of the 84 participants 41 were told to drink water and 43 were told to imagine they were full.
Water drinkers lost an average of 2.87 pounds more after 12 weeks than the control group who did not drink water. Participants who had water 30 minutes before all three meals lost 9.48 pounds over 12 weeks as compared to the participants who only had water once per day.
Tap water was used for this test. No sparkling water, sports drinks, or sodas were used.
If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for that fluid loss. Drink 12 ounces of water two hours before a workout, and another 12 ounces 30 minutes before you begin. While you are exercising, you should drink 4 to 8 ounces every 15 minutes. You should consume an additional 12 ounces within 30 minutes of the end of your workout. During intense exercise involving significant sweating — say, during a marathon — you may need a sports drink or coconut water rather than plain water, to replace the sodium lost in sweat. In hot or humid weather, you need to drink additional water to help lower your body temperature and to replace what you lose through sweating. You also need additional water in cold weather if you sweat while wearing insulated clothing. Heated indoor air can cause your skin to lose moisture, increasing your daily fluid requirement
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