Drinking Water for Weight Loss
Perhaps second only to watching what you eat, drinking plenty of good clean water is one of the most important components to weight loss and healthy living. People are often dehydrated without realizing it because they do not drink enough water.
In addition, they often consume foods like sugar and high fructose corn syrup which lead to further dehydration. Soda, in particular, is a diuretic, which can leave the body in a bad state. The reality is that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
So, what about drinking water for weight loss?
The Health Benefits of Water
For some people, water is just a boring drink that has no calories and no personality. The health benefits are not really considered. But let’s look at some of the benefits of maintaining hydration.
- Increased oxygen rich blood volume
- Increased energy
- Lubricated and strengthened muscles
- Better absorption through organs and muscles
- Increased metabolism
- Hydrated skin
- Strengthened immune system
- Cleansed internal systems
- And so much more!
The side effects of dehydration follow the opposites of the benefits, and they quickly become worse. At Mangosteen Natural Remedies, the author links dehydration to certain kinds of cancer found in the bladder and colon. Cancer.Net reports similar concerns and warns against the risks of failing to drink enough clean water.
Drinking Water and Losing Weight
The correlation between weight loss and drinking water is not just a one benefit deal. While it’s true that drinking water helps weight loss, it does far more than that. When you begin drinking water, particularly fresh chilled water, you will start notice that your appetite for food is not so strong and your body’s systems are working better.
The water hydrates your body, making it easier for your body to then eliminate waste and toxins that cling to fat. It also takes energy to digest and process water, so it revs up your metabolism. Drinking cold water burns even more calories because your body has to heat it up before it can digest it. In some ways, drinking a glass of water before you eat is like warming up the motor on your engine. It starts up the digestion process and helps prevent heartburn. In fact, often times thirst can be registered as hunger, making you think you need food when in reality you need water.
Drinking cold water is just one of the many tricks that you will learn to incorporate in your healthy living weight loss strategy. You can learn even more weight-loss strategies from Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs.
Incorporating Water Into Your Day
Most likely, you know you should be drinking water. It’s a common fact, but it’s the application that gets tricky. Here’s a handy little chart to help remind you of ways that you can make water a part of your daily routine.
- Drink 8 – 16 ounces of cool water first thing in the morning.
- Put the water in the fridge the night before or set it by your bedside. This will wake up you and flush out toxins that have accumulated over the night.
- Drink 8 ounces of cool water between half an hour and ten minutes before each meal.
- Yes, that means breakfast too. This gets your digestive processes going.
- Drink 8 ounces of water, any temperature, in midafternoon to beat the afternoon slump.
- The water replenishes your cells and gives you feelings of rejuvenation.
- Drink 8 ounces of water before going to bed, warm or cool, depending on your preference.
- This water helps to clean out your body and hydrates you before slipping off into the dream world. If you’re concerned about having to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, don’t let it trouble you. Think of it as just another opportunity to flush away the bad germs and bacteria.
- Drink water whenever you’re thirsty throughout the day.
There you have it. That’s close to the recommended amount. Over time, you will want to increase the amounts you drink until you reach your ideal point, but even starting with this will put you in a better position than before.
“Top 11 Benefits of Drinking Water and How,” Mangosteen Natural Remedies, http://www.mangosteen-natural-remedies.com/benefits-of-drinking-water.html (2012).
“The Importance of Hydration,” Cancer.Net, http://www.cancer.net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/side-effects/importance-hydration (2012)
Mike Geary, Truth About Abs, http://www.truthaboutabs.com/testimonials.html (2012).