You've heard it before - "Drink up if you want to lose weight !"
As doubtful as you may be, you should believe it because the statement is true! Let's dive a bit deeper into the topic.
Have two cups of cold water before each meal
Doing this has been linked to help with fat loss in two ways. The obvious way is that it'll make you more full before your meals and thus help you to eat less. This mechanism is not just a myth, it has been proven by researchers who had two different groups of 24 participants follow a low calorie diet for 3 months. The first group drank 500 mL (about 2 cups) of water before eating and the other group did not drink before their meals. The researchers found that the subjects who who drank the water prior to eating, not only consumed less food, but they lost nearly 50% more weight than the group who did not drink before eating their meals.
Drink water will boost the rate of your metabolism, which is the second mechanism in which water may help you drop fat
In another study, researchers found that participants drinking 2 cups of cold water on an empty stomach had shown a 30% increase in their metabolic rate. The researchers stated that it was due to a boost in natural levels of norepinephrine, which is a hormone found in the body that causes a spike in metabolic rate and thus fat burning. They came up with a theory that if a person were to drink 2 cups of cold water before breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a year, they'd burn nearly 18,000 extra calories. This can be compared to a bit more than 5 pounds of body fat lost... that's without a proper diet plan! Just picture the positive effect on fat loss when combined with a diet aimed to lose fat, especially a Gerardi Performance meal plan where you are eating much more frequently than three meals a day.
Mike's Wrap Up:
If you're looking to jumpstart your fat loss journey and get lean, start drinking 2 cups of cold water prior to each meal.