I was randomly scrolling through Facebook this morning, wasting moments of time that I'll never get back, when I came across a post from someone looking for best foods to eat while dieting. The first comment I saw caught my attention:
“Drink lots of water. Water curbs your appetite so you won't want anything to eat”
My first reaction was peels of laughter.
My second reaction was, “you can't be serious.”
There have been plenty of times in my life when I've tried the ol' drink water routine. And each of those times, water has failed me.
Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't drink water. I do. In fact, I drink water all day long. But if I'm rooting around for something to eat, no amount of water is going to quench my hunger. That's right. I said it.
For reasons that escape me, this notion that water makes us feel full has been around for years. Chances are, if you investigate any diet, one of the so-called helpful tips will advise you to drink water when you feel hungry.
A big fat salad, on the other hand, will remove the hunger pangs. A ribeye and steamed veggies will hit the spot. A loaded omelet with a side of bacon will leave you happy and satisfied.
It's not that a glass of water isn't beneficial. Not at all. A tall glass of water can go a long way in keeping bodies hydrated. And good hydration is crucial to a myriad of things, including, soft supple skin and healthy kidneys. Water can lube our joints and prevent muscle cramps.
It can even aid in weight loss. But given the choice between a glass of water and a cheeseburger? I'm going for the red meat. Every single time.