A monthly column on diet, exercise and my weight loss journey.

Hydration – an important part of good health and good weight loss.  One of the many healthy habits I have acquired on my weight loss journey is to drink plenty of water.  Personally, I drink at least 100 ounces a day. In addition to water, I’m now reading about another liquid that can help us lose weight.

According to research journal, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, drinking a glass of fat-free milk each day can double weight loss.  People sometimes steer clear of dairy because they believe it is fattening — actually, the reverse may be true. Milk contains both vitamin D and calcium, which have both been linked to weight loss. 

And while, we’re at it – you might want to switch from coffee to tea. Black and green tea can be an effective way to increase weight loss, according to studies in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg’s Archives of Pharmacology.  Drinking between two to four cups per day has been linked to weight loss in multiple studies. People in the studies lost weight without making any other dietary or lifestyle changes, apart from drinking tea.

And one more nugget about what we put in our mouth as it relates to weight loss. 

According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine if you want to lose more weight, ditch the steak and pick up a carrot.  Vegetarian diets produce the most weight loss, research finds. Diets that do not contain meat are linked to significantly more weight loss. Vegetarian dieters typically lose around 4.4 pounds more than those following diets that include meat.

So, how is your weight loss journey going?  Need encouragement, knowledge, and accountability?  Let me point you to the place I’ve found success – Dr Lodge and the crew at Cool Springs MD. In 2011, I met with Dr Lodge and 16 weeks later lost 65 pounds.  How much weight would you like to lose?  Connect with Dr Lodge and his team and they will show you how.

This monthly column is a two-way street.  I would love to hear from you.  What has helped you lose weight?  Any tips you would like to share?  I welcome your feedback, thoughts and ideas and look forward to sharing them in a future article.  You can email me at [email protected]  or feel free to call me during my live radio show – weekdays between 3 pm – 7 pm on 94 FM The Fish. (800) 826-3637

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