The Gabriel Method – Drinking Water And Weight Loss

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Drinking Water And Weight Loss

Drinking Water And Weight Loss

Some time ago I posted about the benefits of drinking water when trying to achieve a healthy diet weight loss. If you have been in the game of losing weight for a while, this is the one thing that will keep jumping back at you – drinking water and weight loss are very closely connected, and you cannot get around that fact!

Jon from The Gabriel Method is also very big on drinking lots of water. Why? Because there are estimates that most of us are in a state of chronic dehydration. Our bodies are starving for water. Think about it – how much water do you really drink during the day? It is quite common for us to mistake the feeling of thirst for hunger (because dehydration usually causes hunger, not thirst), and grab something to eat instead of drinking water. So the body constantly craves more hydration. Dehydration also causes the body to crave  sweets and soft drinks – really things you should avoid when trying to lose weight.

Jon is in line in his Gabriel Method Weight Loss with what I have read over and over again (and I am sure you too); that having 8 glasses of water a day is the recommended “dosage”. He suggests to drink plenty of pure, non-gaseous and preferably natural spring water. He recommends to have plenty of water before each meal, because the water can make you feel fuller from the start and therefore successfully suppress your appetite.

Here is what I have discovered for myself after going through Jon’s book (I am actually still reading it and just starting to apply the principles; drinking water was one of the first things I changed though):

I used to carry a 750ml plastic water bottle with me all the time. I tried to drink 3 full bottles a day, so I knew I had to refill the bottle twice a day and should be left with an empty bottle at the end. Guess what – it never really worked. There might have been some days when I actually remembered to drink the water, but only very few, on the others I discovered at the end of the day that (once again) I had failed. Maybe had one bottle all together.

After starting to read The Gabriel Method, I thought – “What if I actually drank the water out of a glass, instead of out of a bottle?” Just like its said all the time – 8 glasses a day. And since I started doing that, nearly every day I get to the end of the day and can proudly say – “I did it!” 8 glasses, no sweat! And I am not carrying the big bottle with me everywhere any more. If I know I will be back home when I am supposed to drink my next glass, I won’t bother. Be aware that a “glass” is meant to be around 9 oz (about 250 ml)!

So here is what I (together with Jon 😉 ) recommend you do if you want to up your water intake:

  • Drink 2 glasses of water before breakfast. Just get out of bed, fill the glass up, drink it, have a little break (maybe get dressed or something), then drink another glass. (2)
  • Have another glass mid morning. (3)
  • Have one glass before lunch. (4)
  • One glass in the afternoon. (5)
  • One glass before dinner. (6)
  • Drink water whenever you feel hungry (or have an appetite) to see whether you were thirsty instead. (7)
  • Drink lots of water at night (at least one glass). This will help to reduce the terrible night cravings. (8)

I have been doing this, sometimes drinking 2 glasses before each meal, and I feel good, and quite full all the time. And I am very proud of myself for having achieved my “RDI” (recommended daily intake) of water! You should try it. Let me know how you get on with drinking water and weight loss!

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  2. Besides the benefits of drinking water to lose weight, water is very healthy for you and you should drink a lot of it every day. It cleans your system out which is important.
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  3. This is fantastic advice! I’d never heard of chronic dehydration being a major problem but it does make sense, i hardly ever drink just water but i know i should. I’m going to try some of your tips for sure!

  4. Hi Petra,

    Good hydration which meants drinking enough water is of paramount importance.

    I think that people sometimes get confused believing that any liquid is hydrating them.

    In fact as you know some liquids like coffee and alcohol dehydrate the body.

    8 glasses of water per day is the bare minimum when you are inside and not perspiring.

    Vance
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    • Petra Weiss says:

      Vance, I have to say I feel so much better since I am really succeeding in drinking my 8 glasses of water a day (quite often more). I think my skin looks a bit healthier, too. I know that some people think that by drinking juice etc they hydrate their bodies, but juice really doesn’t help much with your hydration and also contains quite a lot of sugar. Water really is the one thing you should drink to stay hydrated. Thanks for your input, appreciated as always!

  5. Jim Clary says:

    Water not only makes you feel full so you eat less, it will also prevent you from just losing water weight which is very decieving to your overall weight loss plan.
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  6. Kouba says:

    I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

  7. It is unbelievable how important water is for you,with not only weight -loss, but drinking water also lowers your cholesterol…

  8. I never heard that water may reduce one’s weight. I generally know that drinking 7-9 glassess of water is necessary for keeping good health. I myself is also taking that much of water, though I am not over-weight. Thanks for this article.
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  9. health blog says:

    yes water is the most element in diet program. so don’t miss your drinking of water even you don’t like it.
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  10. Wow great article!Actually i use to drink a lot of water but the time you have mentioned to take doesn’t matches with mine.I enjoyed a lot and will follow your thread from today.Thanks a lot for sharing.

  11. Would like to know that i am taking one glass of water just getting out of bed early in the morning but mixing lemon and honey,i heard that honey and lemon is useful for melting the fat away.Is there any side effect if i mix lemon and honey in the water?From today i am going to take 8 classes of water for losing my weight.Thanks you very much for it.
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  12. A good article. For losing weight choose a program that helps you set realistic goals and aim for gradual weight loss.

  13. Good post. The benefits of drinking water daily are important for the human body. Water plays a key role in the prevention of diseases and can improve many health conditions.
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  14. Watched the tv show The Doctors yesterday – was all about the benefits that drinking water add to losing weight plus benefits to the body overall. Enjoyed reading your blog today.

  15. I think before you begin on any form of weight loss, you need to look at the bad habits you have and how they affect your health. I used to be a smoker and was not seeing any results in my weight loss. Once I quit smoking I saw real results. I also feel like water is the body’s fuel and so the more you drink the better!

  16. No matter what diet plan you decide to try, remember that only you can change your life.

  17. Jewellery says:

    We must drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy.

  18. Really its a awesome method to lose weight.Really i am inspired by your blog and i will suggest everyone this method.This method is simply awesome that helps us in 2 ways.One keeping us healthy and another losing our heavy weights.I am going to bookmark this article.

  19. Don’t believe what you read about carbohydrates being bad for you, they can actually help you lose weight!

  20. This sounds like a simple and effective method, which I will definitely be making use of. Our bodies are made up of 70% water of which we lose 2.5 liters of during the day through sweating, urinating and other ways, that is a massive amount of water. Some of the side affects of dehydration are diarrhea, dry sore eyes, increased heart beat, dry shriveled skin, nausea, high blood pressure and unconsciousness. The only way to prevent dehydration is to top your self up with regular amounts of water, so making use of the method above seems like a great way to do this.

  21. Drink lots of water anyway to stay healthy.

  22. From the looks of it, the Gabriel method is a fantastic way for weight loss in a safe and effective manner.
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  23. Pads says:

    Wow, great post! This is really good advice. I have noticed that I don’t drink enough water and right as I read your post I went to get a water bottle. Thanks for all the helpful tips. 🙂

  24. Peter says:

    I’ve found that long-term commitment really helps with this method, you certainly can’t get results in a week or two.
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  25. I think drinking lots of water helps to flush your system and detox your cells. This can only help in any weight loss program, not to mention how you feel after a few days or weeks of keeping up this habit. The problem is to develop the habit, since it’s easy to forget your daily water intake. And with everyone being so busy these days, drinking water is often forgotten until it’s too late and the day is done. Try drinking your daily intake quota before you go to bed and you’ll be getting up to go to the restroom all night long. Why not try a water filtration system for you home. That way you’ll have all the fresh, chemical free water you could ever ask for.
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  26. Warmer water is easier to drink in large quantities, and you might drink more of it without even realizing it. Do whatever suits you, here may it be cold or warm. Just drink it!

    When you drink all the water you need, you will very quickly notice a decrease in your appetite, possibly even on the first day! If you’re serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking water is an absolute must. If you’re doing everything else right and still not seeing results, this might just be what’s missing in your diet habits to loose weight.

  27. Weight Loss says:

    I have ordered the book, but am wondering if the gabriel method will work for me as I have fibromyalgia 🙁

  28. Here’s where I know there must be some kind of self-sabotage involved in my battle to lose the last ten pounds. I know I should be drinking more water, and it is the easiest thing in the world to do. It doesn’t involve willpower, it doesn’t involve dragging myself out to exercise, and it doesn’t involve cutting back on calories. So why aren’t I doing it? And by the way hats off to you as this *8 glass of water things really work for me rather than those drink 2-3 litres of water crap.

  29. If you eat a healthy sandwich like that slowly, and drink two glasses of water while you eat, it really fills you up and satisfies your hunger. Try drinking one half to one full glass of your water before the food is eaten. That really slows down your eating and helps you out shedding some extra pounds.

  30. Water also helps your body metabolize stored fat by helping the kidneys flush out waste. When you don’t drink enough water the liver which works to provide stored fat for energy helps the kidneys eliminate waste and becomes less effective at metabolizing fat.

    Drinking water ice cold burns about 62 calories a day. Your body has to work to raise that waters temperature to your body’s temperature. This equals around 430 calories per week.

  31. When you drink all the water you need, you will very quickly notice a decrease in your appetite, possibly even on the first day! If you’re serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking water is an absolute must. If you’re doing everything else right and still not seeing results, this might just be what’s missing.

  32. Water is the best beauty treatment. You’ve heard this since high school, and it’s true. Water will do wonders for your looks! It flushes out impurities in your skin, leaving you with a clear, glowing complexion. It also makes your skin look younger. Skin that is becoming saggy, either due to aging or weight loss, plumps up very nicely when the skin cells are hydrated.

  33. Well I have an interesting tip for you. Believe it or not, the color blue functions as an appetite suppressant. So serve up dinner on blue plates, dress in blue while you eat, and cover your table with a blue tablecloth. Conversely, avoid red, yellow, and orange in your dining areas. Studies find they encourage eating.

  34. It is unbelievable how important water is for you,with not only weight -loss, but drinking water also lowers your cholesterol…

  35. I always try to have more water but I really couldn’t make upto my expectations till I started with this eight glasses of water thing. Thanks for the tips. This even works for reducing some extra fats from my body. 😉

  36. Water is the best treatment for glowing skin and weight loss too. But I couldn’t have practiced this act of having appropriate water level without this eight glasses of water thing. Thanks for the post.

  37. I never knew that our daily usage water is that beneficial to me that it can even cut my calories to this large extent. I always used to try other dieting habits and slimming pills but now I feel i should rather rely upon the safest That is drinking water.

  38. weight loss says:

    Water is the universal cleansing fluid; the more of it taken, the better the over-all health becomes.
    No weight-loss program should be without it.

  39. The Gabriel Method is brilliant and well researched. It’s only been seven days, I’ve lost ten pounds.

  40. I have ordered the book, but am wondering if the gabriel method will work for me as I have fibromyalgia & take quite a number of medications etc. I am 51 & have been fat from birth!

  41. Well an excellent trick to loose wait slowly and gradually without any side effects… Should be tried to loose weight..

  42. I don’t see how this could hurt. Even if you don’t loose any weight, at least you’ll be able to cleanse whatever contaminants may be trapped in your body and rehydrate. There are some other hidden benefits, including tooth remineralization which can help prevent decay.
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  43. I’m glad you feel that way about drinking water. I have found that it has helped be tremendously. It’s amazing how many people don’t drink enough H2O on a daily basis!
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  44. Thanks for the nice tips. Yes you are right that drinking water is helpful to burn fat because it maintains metabolism to burn 3% of calories and it also detoxifies your body with that proper diet and exercising is very important. Loosing weight slowly is much more beneficial for body.
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  45. I’ve done a lot of research recently and drinking a lot of water seems to be a big part of most diets. I was thinking about how much water I have had today and its very little.. maybe 1-1.5 pints. I guess the big thing about it giving the body a way to flush out all the “bad bits” while were losing weight. The program I’m looking at also includes a building mussel and they recommend a lot more water than I’m used to.

    Just hope I don’t end up running to pee every 5 min 🙂

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Well, be prepared for it, because when you start out drinking more water, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, until your body has gotten used to the amount of water. Maybe not every 5 minutes, but definitely more often than before!

  46. Great method to lose weight.I tried it and getting success.I have loosed 2 kg in 1 mth.So thanks for sharing such a good article.Its healthy as well inspiring one.

  47. I didn’t know that how much water is important for us. I didn’t care for my diet yet but now after reading your post i am seriously thinking about to make my diet plan and strictly follow it. I must try to have my diet plan now and ‘ll try to follow your tips. I ‘ll try to get the maximum benefits from your tips.

  48. driking a lot of water can also be dangerous. There was a case of a woman not long ago who had to hospitaised simply because she drank too much water

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Of course you should not overdo it – cases like that are very rare though. She must have drunk an incredible amount!

  49. diet says:

    If you are trying to lose weight and never gain it back, it requires constant work, exercise and eating less. I lose weight easily and always get fat soon… 🙁

  50. dean says:

    i really had drinking water but i love coffee, does this contribute to my water intake.

  51. Drinking water is an advantageous thing to do. This is the best anti oxidant that will surely clean you body. I’d rather go for some water therapy than some fitness program.
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  52. You HAVE to drink water. My wife hates it, but I tell her that it doesnt matter if you hate it or not, its just something you have to do

  53. One way I get all my water is to had flavor packs to it this make it a lot easier to drink a lot of water.
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  54. Excellent tip! I usually get bogged down when I try to tackle a massive bottle of water a day, but if I stick to a routine of drinking a glass at a scheduled time it is much less daunting. Thanks for the post!

  55. For good health it is good to reduce the amount of sweets or junk food that we eat. For fast weight loss, we should completely eliminate junk food from diet, even if it is only for a short period of time. This means that instead of a snack, we can grab an apple or an orange instead of a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. With candy and other sweets being high in calories, we may find a significant decrease in our calorie consumption by eliminating them from diet.

  56. niki says:

    i think the hardest part is building the habbit. Consuming a lot of water everyday is really not an easy task for those who consume 8 can of soft drink each day. Just choose, to be healthy or to be tasty, just IMHO 😀

  57. I had the opposite experience. I found that if I tried drinking from glasses, I would never do it. I put two full 1-litre bottles on my desk in the morning, and don’t leave until they are empty!

    I guess this only works if you don’t have to actually carry the bottles around with you though.

    At the end of the day, it’s what works best for you.

  58. Water was one of the first things that helped me lose weight. I was struggling with diets and exercise for years because I was just so lethargic. I don’t remember how or why, but I discovered that by keeping up a constant flow of water in I was very energized and this flowed through to every aspect of my life, but particularly gave me more to put into my weight loss goals.
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  59. Thanks for the letting us know about usefulness of drinking clean water that we all must practice in our daily lives and i am also used to drink water regularly. By the way keep up the good work…

  60. I am glad to see that there is something that everyone can do and it helps to loose some great amount of weight. But one should act upon the advice in the right manner or it will not going to work well. Thanks for the great post…

  61. I have gone through this article and i think that it is really awesome to see that how just drinking water can make a big difference in loosing weight but in the prescribe manner. we should all look in to it and act upon it to get a better result from it. Thanks for the great post….

  62. I usually drink a ton of water every day. I try to drink that instead of soda. I will have to check out the book you mentioned. Thanks!

  63. how just drinking water can make a big difference in loosing weight but in the prescribe manner. we should all look in to it and act upon it to get a better result from it. Thanks for the great

  64. Great stuff. Lately I have gotten into a habit of drinking a lot of tap water (mainly because we don’t have a drinking water service at my office), do you think that’s a big problem? I should probably by bottled water. I like the point the book makes on how lack of water leads to hunger–I’m going to remember that. Thanks,

    • Petra Weiss says:

      Bill, it depends. We here in Perth, Australia, are very lucky as we can drink the water straight out of the bottle. It would probably be a good idea to maybe have it tested and see whether it is ok to drink or not, because it’s not everywhere safe.

  65. I usually get bogged down when I try to tackle a massive bottle of water a day, but if I stick to a routine of drinking a glass at a scheduled time it is much less daunting. Thank you.

  66. For fast weight loss, we should completely eliminate junk food from diet, even if it is only for a short period of time. This means that instead of a snack, we can grab an apple or an orange instead of a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. Thank you.

  67. I usually get bogged down when I try to tackle a massive bottle of water a day, but if I stick to a routine of drinking a glass at a scheduled time it is much less daunting. But one should act upon the advice in the right manner or it will not going to work well. Thanks for the great post.

  68. My health tip for everyone: Drink lots and lots of water and do brisk walking. These two things have a marginal effect on your health.

  69. I am really inspire after looking your post about drinking water and weight loss. It will be very helpful for everyone that want to get rid of overweight. Very nice post thanks for sharing your experience about this.
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  70. My problem is if i drank that much i would be getting up all night to go to the toilet. Still worth a try
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  71. Rina says:

    Yes water has its own benefits. It is a must we should drink lots of water daily. Besides it these tips are very useful.

  72. Weight loss is very big headache for those who are overweight. These tips will be really helpful.

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  74. These are some useful tips for weight loss. But drinking water when we are not thirsty is quite difficult. But surely going to try it out.

  75. NICCM says:

    That was a great. This means that instead of a snack, we can grab an apple or an orange instead of a chocolate bar or a bag of chips. With candy and other sweets being high in calories, we may find a significant decrease in our calorie consumption by eliminating them from diet. Thank you.

  76. I never thought that drinking a lot of water could benefit in weight loss. I will definitely try this and see if it works for me. Thanks for sharing this valuable piece of information. Cheers!
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  77. johnson @ spy sunglasses says:

    Drinking water is the most easiest way to follow when you want to lose weight because it is not expensive nor tiring to do. You just have to drink water as always as possible. I haven’t tried it though but I’ll try if it really works. You’ve done a great job sharing this very informative idea. Let’s start drinking water. Cheers! 🙂

  78. jack says:

    Hi
    I think water is a fluid that directly passes your colon, so drinking water can flush
    away those toxins and unwanted fats. Drink at least 8 glasses a day for best results.

  79. Tony Rovere says:

    Drinking water does amazing things for you in seeking to lose weight naturally. After all, there are whole books written on the subject, such as “You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty”. But a few of the benefits include:

    1) By drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning you rehydrate your body and ignite your metabolism to start the day off right.

    2) The reason you should drink 16 oz of water before every meal is because you eat up to 15% less calories when you do!

    3) Drinking water throughout the day means that you are less likely to snack between meals.

    4) You don’t necessarily have to drink it. If your diet is primarily made up of water-based foods, you receive water when you are eating. These foods, typically fruits and vegetables, and nutrient-dense yet calorie-poor. So you can get the proper water intake daily by eating the right foods as well as drinking water.

    Just a few points I wanted to put out there about water.
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  80. Frank says:

    Great post Petra, as you mentioned our body can not really differentiate between hunger and thirst so not drinking enough water can cause us to over eat. On the other hand, drinking plenty of water throughout the day keeps our stomach filled without any calories and prevent over eating.
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  81. I loosely attempted the Gabriel Method. You know, I’m just a little to impatient. I want fast results in the beginning to kick-start that feeling of motivation and inspiration. It’s the kind of feedback that I need.

    Also when he talks about all of these supplements that you have to take it’s kind of a turn-off.
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  82. It is an interesting approach to losing weight, but I don’t know what to say I’m not an expert maybe I will try it. Thank you for the post.

  83. I totally agree with both the Gabriel Method Weight Loss system and The diet Solution Program that recommends drinking 8 glasses of water a day of natural spring water. I love your 8 glasses of water plan listed in this post. Your plan will make it very easy to take in the 8 glasses of water each and every day.
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  84. I drink a lot of water but I don’t feel like it has helped me lose much weight. I will try to drink it on the schedule you provided here, maybe that will help.

  85. Neil says:

    Absolutely, drinking water in a proper quantity really helps a lot in regulating and maintaining the health. 8 ounce is a must for a person to drink in complete day. You won’t be having any problem related to kidney if you follow this concept.
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