You know the feeling, you're sitting at your desk and suddenly your stomach projects it's most fierce battle cry for all the office to hear. Your immediate thought is "Boy, I'm starving!". But, before you reach for that handful of chips or delicious sandwich, ask yourself "Am I really hungry? Or is my body craving water?"

Here's something new to learn today:

A lot of the times we think that we are hungry, our bodies are actually just craving water, and when we replace snacks with water we actually eat less! Also, when we don't drink enough water our body stores it, making us feel more bloated. What's neat is when we drink lots of water our body no longer needs to store it, and helps us burn calories in resting energy expenditure.

Water is an awesome aid if you're looking to help with your New Year's resolution of shedding some pounds! Many studies have monitored overweight subjects who drank 1 to 1.5 ounces of water daily for a couple weeks, and they discovered a significant reduction in the subject's weight, BMI, waist and over all body fat!

These studies have provided 5 simple steps to help start shedding weight in 10 days... I've listed them below!

  1. When you're waking up first thing in the morning, drink one cup (8 ounces) of cool water
  2. One hour after, before you eat breakfast, drink another one to two cups (8-16 ounces) of water
  3. If you're a coffee or tea drinker, make sure to drink at least 3.5 ounces of water after each cup!
  4. Twenty minutes before each meal drink 8 to 16 ounces of water. This gives you an awesome chance to meal prep and ensure you're eating around the same time each day
  5. And finally, two hours before bed time drink 10 to 20 ounces of water.

I know what you're thinking, that's a heck of a lot of water... my poor bladder! Yes, the first few days will be a little rough, and you will be using the washroom lots, but after those few days your body will adjust and it will thank you!

You'll also notice a glow to your skin and hair, thanks to all the hydration you're filling your body with!

Give it a try! Track your progress starting on day 1, and compare your results with day 10.

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