Thoughts and Adventures From Greenlite Heavy Industries

Friday, February 5, 2010

Watering it Down

I’ve been trying to think of a mammal other than we humans that drinks anything other than water. So far I haven’t been able to come up a single example. I’ve read that Americans get twenty five percent of their daily caloric input via liquid, which seems a little out of whack because we are one of the only, if not the only, member of the animal kingdom who gets any caloric intake from liquid.

Think of it, soda, energy drinks, even fruit juice and dairy are recent additions to the human food chain. Fermented and distilled spirits are fairly ancient, but how many folks back in the day could afford to drink beer and wine on a daily basis – I’d wager not many. If you got in a time machine and went back two thousand years you’d be drinking water almost exclusively.

Putting two and two together it seems to me that the very first thing a person wanting to lose weight should do is to drink only water – and plenty of it. Right there most of us could easily lose two hundred to five hundred calories a day without hunger pains and cravings (unless you crave caffeine and sugar). You’d also have the side effect of reducing the amount of weird chemicals that the folks and Coke and Pepsi seem hell bent to put into our bodies.

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