drinking-waterThis is the second installment in the three part series of tips for weight loss.

3. Drink WATER!

Staying hydrated can help you avoid overeating since many of us confuse thirst for hunger. In addition, if you are drinking water, you are less likely to be drinking soda or any other caloric drink. In addition to weight loss, water is crucial to help the body operate at optimum levels.  When your body is hydrated, your muscles and organs can work more efficiently, therefore giving you more energy and giving your metabolism a boost.

To eliminate the confusion of thirst vs. hunger pains, try drinking a glass of water 15 minutes before you eat which can help to cut back on the amount of food you eat. It is generally recommended to get a minimum of 64 ounces (unless very petite person). However, we recommend ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day. AND you will need plenty of water to flush down all of the fiber you will be consuming!

6. Take a Fiber Supplement

There are two types of fiber: soluble, which helps to eliminate fat and lower cholesterol , and insoluble, which helps with the passing of food through your digestive system.   Sugars and fats enter your bloodstream at a slower rate, giving you a steady supply of energy, all thanks to soluble fiber. “When you eat foods that lack fiber, your blood sugar can spike quickly. Then it crashes, causing hunger and overeating,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, RD, author of The F-Factor Diet.” (http://ffactor.com/) Fiber acts like a sponge to toxins, another reason it is important.

The general recommendation has been 25-35 grams of fiber daily (minimum). I personally get 35-50 grams per day, on most days.  Don’t rely solely on a supplement – eat fibrous foods such as fruits and vegetables. Check out the chart that the Mayo Clinic has on their site.

However, as a backup, I use: Fiberwise that has 7 natural fiber sources, probiotics AND prebiotics, 12 grams of fiber per serving, and has antioxidants as well as soothing herbs that balance intestinal flora and soothe the gut. To check out this product click here.  Ask Ruth for more information on how to get preferred pricing for these products.

Stay tuned for the third and final installment in “Six tips for Successful Weight loss” coming next week.  And thank you for reading!!

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