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Water speeds up the weight loss process

Would you like to burn 35,000 in one year? Drink up!

Diet Center recommends that you consume at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

Researchers in Germany recently studied the effects of water on the metabolism of men and women. The researchers measured the resting metabolism of the participants before and after they drank a little more than 16 ounces of water. They found metabolism begins to rise within 10 minutes!

After 40 minutes, the average calorie-burning rate was 30 percent higher. The participants' calorie burning rates remained higher for more than an hour. Researchers calculate that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily can burn about 35,000 calories a year! That would amount to a 10-pound weight loss in one year with no changes to diet or exercise.

I know many of you are saying, "I don't like water." If you want flavor, you can add a slice of lemon.

Why drink water? It's the body's most essential nutrient that will help you with your weight loss!

If you are already a good water drinker and it is not helping with weight loss, don't give up. You may need to look at other areas, such as your social life.

Dining out at social events may be one of the most challenging behaviors to change. Many people dine out for entertainment, celebrations or to spend time with others. While avoiding social events will help prevent you from dealing with temptation, it's not the most practical solution. Attending social events can actually be motivating by providing you with opportunities to be with other people who may provide support.

The following are changes you can make at social events:

• Eat something before you go out. A protein supplement or a piece of high-fiber fruit can help curb your appetite.

• Eat slowly. You can aim to eat more slowly than anyone else dining with you.

• Drink water. Keep water in one hand and diet soda in the other.

• If there's a buffet table, serve yourself a plate with appropriate portions of the best choices you can make. Then avoid the buffet table for the rest of the event.

• Wear an outfit that fits or hugs your waistline. It will help remind you that you want to lose weight. Loose clothing will give you room to overeat.

• Attend an event fully rested. Fatigue will challenge your willpower and decision-making skills.

• Don't worry about wasting food. Think about what you're eating and how it will affect your waistline!

There's no need to disrupt your social life just because you're watching your weight. You can continue to attend and enjoy social events by adjusting your behavior. Following these social-eating suggestions can help you stay socially active as you try to become slim!

Contact Eunice Mesick at (928) 753-5066 for more dieting information.

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