Q: Can drinking water really help you lose weight?
A: If you are overweight because you eat too fast, drinking water before you sit down to eat can help you feel fuller sooner and may help you reduce the amount of food you eat. If you are a mindless eater, constantly reaching for anything because you are bored or nervous, keeping those things out of reach and your water at arms length can definitely help cut your caloric intake.
Is water a magic potion that is going to rev up your metabolism and melt calories away? Unfortunately, it’s not.
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