Up to 60% of our bodies are composed of water. Water is a vital element that keeps us hydrated, healthy and also slim. Studies have proven that drinking more water not only keeps us healthier but also helps us to lose weight and to keep it off permanently.
Water unlike other liquids such as milk, soda drinks and sugar laden alternatives contains zero calories. Unlike other calorie laden options it fills us up and keeps us feeling satisfied for a longer period of time. The benefits of this for someone who is looking to lose or control their weight is obvious. Replacing even a few high-calorie drinks each day for water can make a huge difference in lowering calorie intake, therefore resulting and maintaining weight loss. The more satiated we feel the less we are going to consume, thus resulting in weight loss and body maintenance.
INCORPORATE DRINKING WATER INTO YOUR ROUTINE
To aid weight loss it is advisable to drink a full glass of water before eating and to consume water throughout the meal. Ditch the sugar laden liquid alternatives which will not only add empty calories to your diet but also damage your teeth and health.
Drink water throughout the day whenever you feel the urge to eat outside of designated meal times. Aim to carry a bottle of water around with you wherever you are so it is always on hand.
Drink water when you engage in sporting activities to keep your body hydrated and to lessen your cravings for food.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF INCREASING YOUR WATER INTAKE
As well as an effective tool in losing and maintaining weight, water also has many other health benefits. When the body is dehydrated it can’t effectively remove waste. Water assists in helping the kidneys to filter out toxins and waste while at the same time retaining the essential nutrients and electrolytes that the kidneys need. When the body is dehydrated, the kidneys retain fluid which results in unattractive bloating particularly in the waist area.
It has also been proven that it is possible to burn 2 to 3 percent more calories than usual in the 90 minutes after drinking water. Water helps to plump up our skin, keep our complexion clear and glowing and keep our body in working order.
Drinking cold water may even expedite water’s calorie burning benefits, this is because the body dispurses energy by heating up the water for digestion. Water also assists the body’s recovery from digestive issues such as diarrhea and indigestion.
KEEP WATER HANDY WHEN YOU WORKOUT
To maintain long term weight goals it is important to exercise. Being well hydrated with water reduces the risks of cramps and fatigue during a workout. Drink water continually as you work out to avoid dehydration. Aim not to eat for an hour before a workout and instead substitute with a glass of water.
HOW MUCH WATER EVERY DAY IS ENOUGH TO ASSIST IN WEIGHT LOSS?
This is of course dependent on certain factors such as the climate you are in and how much exercise you undertake. However the consensus is that to lose weight and to maintain the loss a minimum of eight glasses a day of water need to be consumed.
There is nothing to lose but unwanted fat…Start drinking more water today to reach your weight loss goal and to maintain it!