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Study Shows Drinking Water Increases Weight Loss
According to Health Monitor , a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society showed that dieters who drank two cups of water before meals lost 5 lbs. more than dieters who did not increase their water intake. If you are a bariatric surgery patient like me, you doubtlessly already know the best practice of "water loading" -- drinking as much water as fast as possible 15-min before your meals.
The concept is simple: Filling your stomach quickly with water creates a feeling of fullness that lasts for 15-25 minutes . In doing so, you eat less at your meal and this results in weight loss (and prevention of weight regain). What's more, you can water load to create this feeling of fullness whenever suddenly hungry before mealtime, thereby curbing your snacking and grazing habits. This, too, will result in weight loss.
Here's a tip: For maximum calorie burn...
It is especially important for those of us who have diabetes to drink a lot of water, as unexciting as it is compared with all the other beverages that we have available. So I do my best to make it a bit more exciting. For starters, I filter all my tap water, even though Boulder, Colorado, where I live, has perhaps the highest rated water supply in the country. We are, after all, the only American city that owns its own glacier, and because it is melting so fast we have a lot of runoff! Then, I keep a couple of canteens in the fridge all the time. Cold water tastes better to me, perhaps because it reminds me of drinking out of cool mountain streams, something that I could do when I was a kid. Now, I often drink carbonated water. For years I bought plastic (and sometimes glass) bottles of the stuff at supermarkets. I tried all the brands of sparkling water and finally found one that I really like, Germany's Gerolsteiner , and available only in high end markets, like Whole Foods...
If you believed everything that you read here, there is almost nothing that you can put in your mouth and hope to live a healthy life with diabetes. This is particularly true if you have gastroparesis or paralyzed stomach, as I wrote here recently .
In that blog entry I quoted the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases . They say that to treat gastroparesis you need to avoid fats and eat less fiber.
My friend Gretchen Becker threw that quote back at me. Gretchen has written several books including one of the two best books about diabetes, The First Year-Type 2 Diabetes: an Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed .
“OK. We’re avoiding carbs, avoiding fats, and avoiding fiber,” she says. “That doesn't leave a lot to eat,” she continues. “Low-GI foods are high in fiber. Pure protein diet? And of course we can only boil that protein or we’ll get AGEs in our food. If we followed all these recommendations, our life would be pretty grim.”
She’s right. Of cour...
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