2013-09-12 / Lifestyles

Just for Fun

Lois A. Corcoran Lois A. Corcoran You may recall the diet that helped me lose 20 pounds. Unfortunately, 10 of them found me again, so I started a new regime that I affectionately call the Wa-Wa Diet.

The first “Wa” is short for walking. This means 40 minutes of hoofing it per day, which is the perfect exercise for a middle-aged, non-athletic type like myself.

The second “Wa” stands for water, something I normally imbibe in as little as possible. In fact, I used to live on diet cola, even drinking it for breakfast. Ironically, I can lose weight by switching to water, or so says an article I read.

You’d think that starting a water diet would be a simple enough matter, but there are, in fact, plenty of differing opinions.

An online plan claims that downing an 8-ounce glass of water before, during and after each meal can result in substantial weight loss without changing eating habits. Among others, an Arizona guy lost 70 pounds using this strategy.

But an article at prisoners.com states that “A large volume of water ‘thins’ the blood and can actually make you feel ‘drunk’.” Heaven knows I don’t need a hangover, so I sip my water instead of chugging it.

Furthermore, Dr. Carolyn Dean says that you lose important nutrients by drinking lots of water close to mealtimes, and recommends between meal drinks instead.

She also advises drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water.

In other words, a 160-pound person should drink 80 ounces of water, or ten 8-ounce glasses gradually throughout the day.

Greg Ciola, author of the online article, “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty,” concurs. According to him, 65percent of health problems are caused by dehydration. Obviously, we need to drink up.

Some claim that it’s best to drink cold water so the body burns calories warming it up. Others say cold water is too much of a shock to the body.

What most folks do agree on is that any kind of water can be used: bottled, spring, tap, or even rain water. (Coffee and juices don’t count).

So I fill a half-gallon jug each morning and pour myself a drink every hour. I receive puzzled looks from friends and family over my too frequent trips to the bathroom.

But I’ve already lost a few pounds from all of that drinking. So here’s to the “Wa-Wa Diet”.

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