Why is Drinking Water Good for Weight Loss? The Many Reasons
If you are reading this article, you are either on a diet already or are about to embark on a weight loss journey. Let me congratulate you on your effort to be a healthier you!
Weight loss has been a constant battle throughout my life, which is why I am so passionate about this topic. If you are anything like me, you have tried all sorts of diet and exercise plans to do whatever possible to become slimmer and healthier through weight loss.
Every diet plan has a different approach whether if focuses on fat reduction, carbohydrates reduction, food consumption, exercise, or any other number of things. But one thing I can tell you for sure no matter which fad diet I have been on they all have one thing in common: drink lots of water. Why is drinking water good for weight loss?
Appetite Control: Tricking your body
The average person’s body is about the size of you clenched fist. If you think about that, anything you put into your mouth goes down into that stomach. So if your stomach is constantly being filled with water, it signals the brain that it is currently full.
What this means is that anytime your stomach is full of food and/or water, you will not feel that you need food. As simple as that may sound, you obviously will still need to eat foods. But the more water you drink throughout the day, the less likely your appetite will take over and your stomach won’t be telling your brain “feed me.”
This is one of the reasons many diets I have been on instruct you to drink a full glass of water before every meal. It tells your brain that you are already satisfied and will cause you to eat less at that meal. But did you know it is also important that you drink water throughout the day?
Ice Ice Baby: Drink Water Ice Cold for Increased Weight Loss
This is a trick I learned that may sound crazy but it works. Your normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. That means that your body needs to work to warm up any ice-cold water you put into it. So drinking ice-cold water actually forces your body to burn calories.
Yes, you read that correctly. Drinking ice-cold water actually burns calories. Think about how soothing and relaxing drinking a warm beverage such as tea or coffee is for our bodies. That is partly because it doesn’t take “work” for our bodies to warm it up as it is already at our internal body’s temperature.
More Pleasant Exercise Experiences
Why is drinking water good for weight loss at the gym, on the treadmill, walking or other forms of exercise?
Drinking water actually lubricates our bodies. Muscles are not as fatigued when they are hydrated which means less chance of cramping. Joints are more lubricated as well so you will actually be experiencing less joint issues by drinking more water as well.
Almost all diets recommend incorporating at least some form of exercise, so why not make that experience as pleasant as possible?
A Great Substitution for Bad Beverages
Another article within my site here is titled “Why is Diet Sodas Bad for Weight Loss?” Check that article out as well to understand why you should NOT drink diet sodas if you wish lose weight. Water is a great substitute for drinking these bad beverages.
If you find plain ol’ water boring, try adding some bubbles to it with a sparkling water machine. Personally, I use my soda stream machine a LOT and it is a great way to make water interesting and trick your body and mind into drinking lots of water.
Juices are good and healthy, but they do have lots of natural sugar. Be especially careful when purchasing these though as many contain added sugars as well. I tend to stay away from juices altogether for this reason and eat the actual fruit or vegetable instead as mother nature will never contain added sugars in her products.
Of course, I drink my share of coffee and tea, but I do have to be careful about how much of these I drink as they are diuretics, which means that they do dehydrate your body. So be careful how much coffee and tea you drink. There is nothing quite like water itself to hydrate your body.
How much is enough? Minimum Daily Water Consumption
So just how much water should you drink each day? As a general rule, just remember 8×8. Eight 8-oz glasses of water a day is the recommended daily consumption of water. But that is just a general rule.
If you are someone who is hopefully getting exercise along with your diet to make it and even more effective weight loss regime, you should be consuming more than this. The reason is that you are sweating water throughout your exercise as well as what you naturally sweat out throughout your daily routine.
As a general rule, your urine should be as close to clear as possible. This is always a pretty good indicator of whether you are in taking enough water for your body to perform it’s natural flushing process.
Water: The essential weight loss element
As I said at the beginning of this article, every weight loss plan I have ever been on suggests drinking lots of water to lose weight effectively. They all have different takes on how to go about losing weight, but if every weight loss plan out there suggests the same, there obviously is something to this theory.
Hopefully some tips I provided above will help you to achieve drinking lots of water to effectively help you with your weight loss goals. Let me know any comments you may have by leaving them below.
Good luck on your weight loss success!
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