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Drinking Habits for Weight Loss That Experts Say Actually Work

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Erich Barganier of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 2 of 8: Everyone has heard that you need to drink enough water throughout the day, but in the right quantities, this beverage can also help promote weight loss."Water is the first choice when looking for something to drink and lose weight," says Brenda Peralta, RD and writer for FeastGood. "We are [around] 60% water—no wonder why we need that much to function properly. By drinking plenty of water, you make sure that everything runs smoothly. You have good bowel movements, and it helps your stomach feel full. Thus it makes you less hungry, which means you end up eating less. Clients that manage to drink half their body weight (in pounds) of water end up having better results.""Staying adequately hydrated is essential in regulating your appetite," says Claudia Hleap MS, RD, LDN.One study from the European Journal of Nutrition shows that people who drank an adequate amount of water before a meal reduced their energy (i.e. calorie) intake for non-obese males. Another study from Annals of Family Medicine also stated that those with inadequate hydration typically have an elevated BMI or even are marked as obese.The best way to make sure you're eating because you're actually hungry is to preemptively make sure you're staying hydrated throughout the day. Stick to non-caloric drinks to make sure you're getting enough fluid without contributing to caloric intake.RELATED: Get even more healthy tips straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter!

1. Drink lots of water.

Everyone has heard that you need to drink enough water throughout the day, but in the right quantities, this beverage can also help promote weight loss.

"Water is the first choice when looking for something to drink and lose weight," says Brenda Peralta, RD and writer for FeastGood. "We are [around] 60% water—no wonder why we need that much to function properly. By drinking plenty of water, you make sure that everything runs smoothly. You have good bowel movements, and it helps your stomach feel full. Thus it makes you less hungry, which means you end up eating less. Clients that manage to drink half their body weight (in pounds) of water end up having better results."

"Staying adequately hydrated is essential in regulating your appetite," says Claudia Hleap MS, RD, LDN.

One study from the European Journal of Nutrition shows that people who drank an adequate amount of water before a meal reduced their energy (i.e. calorie) intake for non-obese males. Another study from Annals of Family Medicine also stated that those with inadequate hydration typically have an elevated BMI or even are marked as obese.

The best way to make sure you're eating because you're actually hungry is to preemptively make sure you're staying hydrated throughout the day. Stick to non-caloric drinks to make sure you're getting enough fluid without contributing to caloric intake.

RELATED: Get even more healthy tips straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter!

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