According to Jon Gabriel, author of The Gabriel Method, 70% to 80% of the population is in a state of chronic dehydration. People are actually starving for water. The problem is that dehydration often causes hunger, not thirst. Very often, people make the mistake of eating when they are actually thirsty.
This is due to the fact that our bodies were designed to survive the conditions of a natural environment and there was a time when nearly all of our food contained water. This makes it of paramount importance to learn to differentiate thirst from hunger.
Our bodies are ideally composed of 70% water, but due to dysfunctional eating and drinking habits this is not the case for many of the people in first world countries. All too often, we simply do not get enough water in our diet.
According to the information in The Gabriel Method book, many of the refreshments and beverages we drink contain sugars, artificial flavours and colours, which, far from quenching your thirst, do not satisfy what your body is really looking for in the first place. So you get thirsty again and you drink the wrong things again. This vicious cycle continues on and on.
You fall into what Jon Gabriel refers to as the FAT Trap. This is when your body starts to store fat, because by eating and drinking the wrong things, you have given it the false notion that you are undergoing famine, so your body responds by storing fat to keep you safe – or so it thinks.
One way to turn off your FAT Switch and ultimately start losing weight, instead of gaining it, is to drink more water in its most natural state. This will also start to reduce your cravings for high calorie, low to no nutrition beverages. Mineral water is best, but filtered water is also a good idea. The chlorine in tap water kills the friendly bacteria and microorganisms found in the body to help with digestion. Dietary experts recommend drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.
Drinking water before meals is an effective way to reduce your appetite. Try drinking a couple of glasses of water before your meals and you might notice you end up eating less. Try drinking water instead of snacking to see if your body is actually thirsty and not hungry.