Water and Weight Loss
Water and weight loss go hand in hand. Believe it or not, consuming 8-10 8oz glasses per day provide the foundation for any weight loss program. Water is so important, yet it is overlooked and underrated. Let’s take a deeper look into water consumption so you can better understand how helpful it really is in attaining your goals.
In essence, water is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. Water regulates body temperature, lubricates the joints and transports nutrients. It also ensures proper digestion, helps maintain healthy skin tone and removes various waste materials from the body.
But how do water and weight loss relate to one another?
Proper Kidney Function
When your kidney is functioning properly, your liver’s fat burning ability increases. Water flushes out the unwanted waste from your bowel and kidneys. When you don’t drink enough water, you become constipated and your kidneys become stressed. Making water part of your daily diet will keeps these unhealthy toxins from settling in your body.
Eating every 2 ½ to 3 hours a day will keep your metabolism running. However, eating something heavy will put a glitch in your weight loss plan. Your brain does not differentiate between hunger and thirst, so try drinking a glass of water before you eat. By drinking water you won’t be as hungry, therefore, you will consume smaller portions. Smaller portions equal fewer pounds and bigger smiles.
Drinking water will not only make you feel more energetic, but it will boost your metabolic rate. In fact, with proper water consumption, your metabolism will burn calories 3% faster than it would if you didn’t drink water.
How much water should you drink?
To stay adequately hydrated, you should drink at least three quarts of water per day. Also remember to drink extra water when you work out—vigorous exercise can contribute to dehydration, so increasing you fluid intake will help.
When should you drink water?
The water and weight loss benefits only occur when water is consumed steadily throughout the day. Do not drink your water all at once. Over-consumption of water won’t have the same affect as say drinking a glass of water each hour. If you don’t like the ‘taste’ of water, try a fresh squeezed lemon or lime to add a little flavor.
If you’re the type that needs a “water schedule” try drinking a glass of water the minute you wake in the morning, during the day when you eat and snack, and then have another glass when you go to bed.
Believe it or not, drinking water will help your water weight will decrease. When your body isn’t use to proper water consumption, it develops the habit of storing water. If you hydrate your body on a regular basis, your body stops storing water because you are feeding it with fluid regularly.
Another important thing to remember is that water and weight loss works best when it’s pure water—not caffeinenated beverages. Therefore, if you are a soda or coffee drinker, you need to drink an additional two glasses of water to counteract one helping of caffeine. Instead of coffee, try drinking a cup of decaf herbal tea. It comes in a wide variety of flavors and it’s beneficial!
Water is our friend and is a necessary ingredient for good health. Give it a try and reap the rewards. If you want to lose weight the healthy way, incorporate water into your weight loss plan. If you are faithful, you will see results.
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