A long time ago I saw a commercial on TV about diet pills that were "amazing". I won't say the name, but you were supposed to take the pills with 2 glasses of water before every meal. I was outraged! I told everyone that would listen (and some that wouldn't) that if you drank that much water before every meal you wouldn't need the pills. Common sense. Drink water, feel fuller, eat less, lose weight.
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However, I had no scientific backup for my allegations until last year, when a study was published about the relationship between water intake and weight loss. Brenda Davy, Ph.D. and senior author of the study said: "...we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake." Thank you so much Dr. Davy! Now I can rant again about the illogical commercial and diet pills.
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No, really, don't lose your money. Those pills are a scam. We don't need expensive magic solutions to feel and look better. Just simple water. What we do need (and this is the hard part) is the discipline to drink more water, before meals and during the day. Maybe 8 glasses of water a day seem like an impossible task, but squeezing a glass of water (or two) before meals might make it more bearable.
Are you thirsty yet? No? Go drink some water anyway. You'll thank me later.