Down a glass of "this" before you eat and watch the weight slide off
I've heard a lot of silly get slim quick diet tricks over the years, but one tip that comes up time and time again is drinking more water with your meals.
The evidence for downing H20 for weight loss has always been a glass half-full or half-empty deal, depending on which studies you read.
Some show drinking more water will help you eat less and lose weight. Others show you can guzzle it like a fish and be just as fat at the end of the day.
Now, new research shows how water really just might be able to help speed your weight loss -- but ONLY if you drink it at the right time.
The key isn't to just drink water whenever you're hungry, and it's not to just drink more water with your food.
It's to drink 16 ounces of water -- about two tall glasses -- half an hour before your meals.
In the new study, dieters were told to either do just that or to visualize being full before eating. After three months, those who drank water not only shed more pounds, they lost almost 50 percent more weight.
Folks who just visualized being full lost 6.61 pounds over those three months, while those who had 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before each meal lost 9.48 pounds.
What's especially remarkable about this study is that no one was put on a special weight-loss diet. Everyone was given some general advice about making better choices, but no one was given any dietary restrictions.
And they still managed to shed nearly 10 pounds just by adding a glass of water to their meals.
The one "catch" here is that most U.S. drinking water is contaminated with low-level hormones, chemical waste and even trace levels of street drugs such as cocaine -- and that's not even including the garbage they dump in deliberately such as fluoride and chlorine.
In some places, the water is so heavily treated the bathroom smells like a swimming pool. So if you're going to drink water, make sure it's filtered with either reverse osmosis or a water distiller.
And if you really want to lose weight and get healthy, you'll need to do more than just drink a little more water.
You'll have to watch what you eat, too. I recommend a back-to-basics Mediterranean-style diet, which offers the widest variety of food, the fewest restrictions and the best overall taste.