Friday, February 6, 2009

The Lowdown on Liquids

New this year is that Weight Watchers is not sticking to 6-eight oz glasses of water for one of the good health guidelines. They have now changed to liquids, meaning any liquids can count towards your 48oz. Yay! I'm not a big water drinker so this comes as a big benefit for me.

This week we talked about myths associated with drinking plenty of water. See how much you know:


Drinking water makes you feel full, so your appetite will be reduced.
FALSE. Recent studies show that drinking water does not reduce appetite, but eating foods with a higher water content –such as Filling Foods – increases feeling of satisfaction and
decreases overall calories consumed.

Water flushes fat out of the body.
FALSE. Water does help the kidneys wash out the waste products created when the body breaks down fat. The only way to lose body fat is to consume fewer calories than you burn. Dang!

At least 6 (8-ounce) glasses of liquids are recommended daily on the Weight Watchers® plan to prevent dehydration.
TRUE. This means replacing the water that is lost each day in urine, sweat, breathing, and other bodily functions.

Water is necessary for all EXCEPT which of the following:
a. Digesting food
b. Absorbing nutrients
c. Body temperature regulation
d. Weight loss
e. Preventing constipation

(d. is the correct answer)

It will sure be a lot easier for many of us to keep track of what we're drinking and get in 48 ounces. Cheers!!!

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