Ok yes, we’ve all heard the spiel before: “Water makes you feel full.” But waters ability to help you determine your hunger level is even more beneficial than its filling abilities. Usually, we think we’re hungry, but we’re really just thirsty. For example, many of the feelings associated with being hungry, such as empty, gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even lightheadedness, also strike when you’re running low on H2O.
When you feel hunger kick in, drinking a little water can help you determine how voracious you actually are. In fact, when I was researching material for this blog I came across a 2015 study from the University of Oxford that illustrated conclusively that obese adults who drank about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before their meals ended up eating fewer calories and losing 2.6 more pounds than those who simply imagined that their stomachs were full before sitting down for their meals. I ask my clients to follow the same 16-ounces-before-mealtime regime during treatments and many continue to follow this simple healthy lifestyle change after treatments are complete.