healthy tip Tuesday: Drink 2 cups of water to lose weight!

OMG it sounds too good to be true! Right? Well it apparently is true. If you create a habit of drinking 2 cups of water before each meal, you will help yourself lose weight. Of course you still have to eat less food also. I mean water is not a miracle worker. There are studies that prove this to be true. You can read one such study here. According to the study, the participants who ate lower calorie meals, and consumed 2 cups of water 30 minutes before their meal, lost about 4.5 pounds more than the participants who just ate a low calorie diet. The trial was over a 12 week time period. The trick here, obviously is to get yourself to remember to drink 2 cups of water 30 minutes before a meal. It has to be water, not coffee, tea, soda, or some other beverage type.

It takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to form. A habit is something that you just do without thinking about it, like brushing your teeth, or going to the bathroom. This is where Health Coaching can help you. A Health Coach can help you teach yourself new habits. For example, for the drink water before each meal habit, you could set a timer to go off at certain times of the day to remind you to drink your 2 cups of water before your meal. After a while you may not need the timer anymore because your brain will just know to do it. A new habit will have formed.

Try it! See if it works. If you have Heart Disease, severe Kidney Disease, water retention for any reason, on restricted fluids, or take certain types of medications make sure you always talk to your doctor before you try to add more water to your diet. You should always consult your doctor anyways, before starting a weight loss journey, especially if you have an underlying illness.

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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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