Daily Dose of Coach: Water and Hunger

Seventy-five percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

If you're not taking in enough water (67% of your body weight or generally 6-8 glasses a day), you probably experience some of the daily symptoms of dehydration. These include hunger, fatigue, dizziness, heart-burn, low cognitive performance, headaches and weight gain. 

Yes, weight gain. Studies had shown that drinking just two glasses of water, before meals, helped dieters lose an extra 5 pounds yearly and maintain that weight loss.

In an article written by Dr. Mercola, he wrote, " Interestingly, the first sensation you'll experience as your body needs more fluid is hunger. This is why many weight loss experts counsel their clients to drink a glass of water when they think they want to eat, and then wait 20 minutes to see if they still feel hungry.

This helps train you to recognize the differences between feeling real hunger and beginning to need more water. The older you get, the more likely it is that you'll start to confuse hunger with thirst. The thirst mechanism in adults becomes weaker and often is confused with feelings of hunger."

Not just adding water, but adding the timing of intake may be a key ingredient in improving your body composition.

When feelings of hunger arrive today, try drinking 8-16 ounces of water and wait for 20 minutes. Being adequately hydrated may not only curb unnecessary eating but also increase metabolic rate.