No, this article isn’t about selling you miracle drugs or weight-loss gimmicks. But there are some very simple and safe ways that anyone struggling with overweight or obesity can use to see quick results.

3Make Water Your Go-To Beverage

Given that sugar-sweetened beverages have been identified as a leading cause of the obesity epidemic, it makes sense to eliminate those from your diet entirely.

And while you’re at it, get rid of the high-calorie, high-end coffee drinks.

And the sports drinks and fruit juices, which are usually just “liquid sugar” by another name.

Black coffee and unsweetened tea will be okay if you need your caffeine, as they are very low in calories (and coffee drinking has been shown to have health benefits).

But “water, water everywhere” should become your mantra, and here’s why: water has no calories. Zero. Nada.

Compare that to the hundreds of (wasted) calories that you could easily consume drinking sodas and other sugared beverages, and you can see how easily the balance will tilt in your favor.

Anecdotally speaking, since men tend to lose weight faster than women, it is not uncommon for me to see my male patients drop an average of 12 to 15 pounds just by eliminating sugared beverages and other calorie-laden drinks from their diet.

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And it has many, many health benefits. Researchers have found that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before you have a meal can make you feel fuller and thus more likely to eat less, thereby reducing calorie intake.

Staying hydrated throughout the day will make you more alert, help you think more clearly, and make you feel less fatigued.

All of that can lead to making better dietary choices as well. As an added bonus, drinking enough water throughout the day can help in the prevention of recurrent kidney stones.

For those who say they do not like the taste of water alone, try squirting a bit of lemon or lime juice in your water. Does wonders for the palate!

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