Water and Weight Loss

 

 

Drinking water can help you lose weight. No, this advice is not a tagline from a fancy crash diet or miracle weight loss cure: drinking water will only assist in your weight loss endeavors when combined with proper diet and exercise. However, many people do not realize the importance of water in both their daily lives and their weight loss efforts. Let’s talk about why water is so important.

The truth of the matter is that most people simply do not drink enough water. Though the notion that we need at least eight glasses of water every day has been drilled endlessly into our heads (school, advertisements, at the doctor etc.), most people ignore this advice. Have you ever thought about how many glasses of water you drink each day? Probably less than you imagine.

Water is actually considered to be the body’s essential nutrient. Our bodies are over 2/3 water, so we need to constantly replenish our body’s water supply. Water is also important to our health in the following ways:

·         Water flushes out toxins

·         Water regulates the body’s temperature (keeps it from getting too warm)

·         Water protects the bodies joints and organs

·         Water is the body’s natural lubricant

In addition to the abovementioned benefits of water, water helps the body maintain a healthy weight or lose weight. Did you know that often times when you are feeling hungry (particularly between meals) it really means you are thirsty? Drinking a glass of water when you feel hungry can help you assess whether or not your body really needs food or if your body needs water. This can help you balance your eating habits and protect you from overeating and dehydration.

Water helps you reach your weight loss goals in a healthy way. It reduces cholesterol, assists with muscle toning and digestion and promotes healthy liver function. When your body reaches a “water equilibrium” (meaning your body is properly hydrated), your body stops retaining water. This is important because water retention is a major factor in weight gain and the discomfort associated with it.

Need more proof that water helps you lose weight? Just ask researchers. According to a longitudinal study lead by Dr. Brenda Davy of Virginia Tech University in the United States, drinking two eight ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch and dinner increases your chances of both losing weight and keeping that weight off in the long-term if you keep up the process. Water acts as a healthy appetite suppressant and proper hydration helps you avoid unwanted water retention. Together, these two features make the rest of your weight loss program (diet and exercise) more efficient.

Drinking water alone will not help you lose weight if you are not willing to eat healthy or exercise. However, you will find that all of your efforts go much more smoothly if you increase your water intake and keep your body hydrated.  If you feel as though you are stuck in a weight loss rut, try adding more water into your daily routine—your body probably needs it!

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