The quest to lose weight can sometimes feel like a losing battle, forever being scuppered by cravings for pizza and the desire to sit around all day. Especially if you’ve got quite a lot of weight to lose, the idea of reaching your goal seems like an impossible fantasy.
You’ve tried everything from fad diets to wellness blogs, and even wrapped yourself in clingfilm for eight hours a day. No matter what you do, nothing seems to work.
This is something 24-year-old mum of one Natalie Burtina knows all too well. After the birth of her first child, Natalie’s weight ballooned to a staggering 297lbs. She said: “After I had a baby it just got out of control. I had packed on the weight once I got pregnant. I just did not care but I was so uncomfortable with myself. I was puffed out doing anything, just exhausted all the time.
But have no fear, Natalie was lucky enough to stumble upon something that could legitimately help with your quest for weight loss, and it just so happens to be one of the cheapest, easiest techniques in the world: drinking more water. Head over to the next page to find out what Natalie looks like today.
Since starting her weight loss journey Natalie has gone from a size 24 to a size 10, dropping a total of 9st 6lbs in order to reach her current weight of 11st 11lbs. To achieve Natalie’s success, all you need to do is drink more water. Oh, and walking more should help too. She said: “I knew I really needed to do something. So I just started walking at first and eating healthier.”
Natalie’s turning point came with a simple two-kilometre walk around a lake near her home pushing her son in his buggy: “The first time I did it I struggled. And then I got a little bit better – then I decided to join the gym.”
So why does drinking water help with weight loss? Dr. Amanda Daley of the University of Birmingham, conducted a study based around just that question. It concluded that water might be so effective because “it fills you up” and helps increase satiety. Drinking a couple of glasses of water 30 minutes before a meal gives you time to feel fuller, which can help shape decisions about what you eat.