The Zoomer Report: The Drink That Makes You Eat Less

Once you get to the holidays, your calorie count can creep up without your realizing it.

So save yourself that nasty after-the-holidays bathroom-scale jolt by not letting a single day slip by without drinking lots of water. Doing so could save you from consuming an extra 200 calories a day!

According to a recent study, people who regularly quench their thirsts with water consume a whopping 9% fewer daily calories than non-water drinkers. Not only do water drinkers seem to drink fewer sugary and calorie-heavy beverages like eggnog, mulled wine, and champagne, but they also have healthier eating habits overall. So tip the balance in your favor by sipping water throughout the day.

Upping your daily water intake by 33 ounces — that’s about 4 additional cups — could help you melt an additional 2.5 pounds over the course of a year-long diet.

It may be that drinking water helps reduce calorie intake — you’re full of water, so you eat less. It could also be that the agua alters your metabolism in some helpful way. Just keep in mind that drinking water, by itself, doesn’t melt pounds. The women who benefited from the extra H2O were already on reduced-calorie eating plans.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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