When it comes to losing weight, slimmers can choose from a long list of diet plans. From the low-carb keto diet, which recently saw Labour MP Tom Watson lose eight stone, to cutting out alcohol like Susanna Reid, there are multiple ways to get in shape. However, by following natural methods, slimmers could speed up the weight loss process even more. Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Dieting, says by starting the day with a particular drink, dieters will be able to burn fat more quickly. Dr Marilyn Glenville is a leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, a registered nutritionist, psychologist, author and popular broadcaster who obtained her doctorate from Cambridge University.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, she revealed that slimmers need to drink enough water in order to burn fat properly.
She said: “Drinking water is essential to weight loss, because fat burning increases levels of toxins in your system. These will then need to be flushed out by your liver and kidneys. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will burn fat less efficiently.”
She added: “Our bodies are made up of approximately 70 per cent water and water is involved in every bodily process including digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion.
“We can survive without food for about five weeks but we can’t go without water for longer than five days. Water is essential for carrying waste out of the body; it helps with constipation and also helps maintain body temperature.”
Marilyn explained that most Brits don’t actually drink enough water, which could be having a negative effect on their weight loss.
She continued: “Most of us do not drink nearly enough water and, ironically, if you suffer from water retention the tendency is to restrict your liquid intake thinking the less you drink, the less your body will retain. Actually, the opposite is true. If you restrict fluids your body will try to compensate.”
How much should dieters drink?
There are many different opinions on how much water people should drink. health authorities commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which is equivalent to about two litres.
To help support weight loss Marilyn advises drinking at least eight glasses of water daily, which can include herbal teas like green tea – which has been credited for weight loss.
However, it excludes black tea and coffee, which have a “dehydrating effect.”
To maximise weight loss result, Marilyn advises slimmers to start their day with a glass of water.
One study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes Health found that drinking a half litre (17 ounces) of water about half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44 per cent more weight, compared to those who didn’t drink water.
“You could start the day with a cup of hot water and a slice of lemon, a wonderfully refreshing drink and excellent for the liver,” Marilyn concluded.
Natural Alternatives to Dieting, is available at www.marilynglenville.com