Drinking water to curb hunger is one of the easiest things that I do to help me not overeat. I either drink water before a meal or during a meal to help me feel full. It works extremely well. If you are struggling with overeating, water is a great appetite suppressant.
If you are not a big fan of drinking water, you may want to reconsider if you wish to shed pounds. I’ll share what you can do to increase your water intake regardless of your feelings about water.
Does Drinking Water Help Reduce Hunger?
“If you’re hungry drink water” is a motto for many people and as for myself, I feel that it works. A study involving overweight women that were also dieting showed that drinking water was associated with weight loss. [wiley.com]
It is a quick and easy way to help control your appetite. I use the drinking water while hungry strategy each time we eat out.
Eating out is difficult when you are doing your best to eat right and lose weight. The last time we ate at a restaurant, I struggled to find anything on the menu that wasn’t under 1,000 calories.
I am glad that some restaurants list the calorie counts on their menus. It really makes you become aware of how many calories are in one restaurant meal.
Even the salads were over 1,000 calories so if you think simply choosing a salad is a healthier option, think twice.
I opted for half a turkey club sandwich and a salad. I don’t order any other beverage when dining out except for ice water.
Before I eat, I drink water and during my meal, I drink water. It helps me to feel full and prevents me from overeating.
I do my best to make better choices as I don’t want to be on a “diet.” I simply want to make it a lifestyle choice to stop overeating and to eat healthy alternatives.
What if You Don’t Like the Taste of Water?
Drinking plain water is not a problem for me but I have heard from other people how much they don’t like drinking water for one reason or another.
Our bodies need water so you have to drink it. Even I like to change up the taste of my water from time to time.
A very easy way to do this is by adding fruit to your water. Things like lemon slices add tremendous flavor as do mint leaves, cucumbers, grapefruit, or whatever type of fruit you like.
The key is to add essence to your water so it isn’t as bland. Replacing water with diet sodas is not the best option. If soda is something that you crave, you can infuse sparkling water with fruit as well.
Add ice and you have a refreshing beverage. We take infused water with us whenever we leave the house. That way, we do not have to stop anywhere to buy drinks and we stay hydrated.
The Importance of Staying Hydrated
I’ve purposely increased my water intake for overall improved health. I don’t drink soda (cut that out years ago) and I limit my intake of tea and coffee.
Personally, I was tired of being dehydrated. I knew I was because the color of my urine was always dark and my lips were constantly chapped.
Some common symptoms of dehydration in adults include [mayoclinic.org]:
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Dark-colored urine
Checking your urine color is a good way to check your hydration level. Our urine color varies depending on how hydrated we are.
No Color or Transparent
- You are drinking a lot of water and may want to cut back.
Pale Straw Color
- You’re well hydrated. Good job!
- Normal hydration.
- Normal but drink some water soon.
Amber or Honey
- Your body isn’t getting enough water.
Drinking more water, in general, is beneficial to our health. Drinking water when hungry to lose weight is a good habit to create.
To recap, here are my tips for drinking water to feel full:
- Carry water with you everywhere you go
- Drink before a meal and during a meal
- Infuse your water with fruit to add flavor
Drinking water between meals is also helpful as it curbs the need to reach for an unhealthy snack if you are out and about.
What are your tips for drinking more water? Share them in the comments below.