Drinking extra water may not appear to be a beneficial strategy to lose weight, but there is some evidence that it can make a significant difference. Water can aid in weight loss in a variety of ways, including helping you feel fuller and increasing your metabolism.
However, before you begin attempting to reduce weight, you should consult with your doctor about your health requirements. If your doctor has given you the go-ahead to lose weight, here's how drinking water can help you achieve it — and how much you need drink to feel the effect.
Water's Importance in Weight Loss and Well-Being
Drinking water is always at the top of the list of daily habits that are promoted as part of any wellness routine. But why is drinking water so vital for our overall health, and why does it affect our capacity to lose weight so much? Given that water accounts for nearly 60% of our body weight, it should come as no surprise that it is vitally necessary for optimum health.
Let's look at 10 important reasons to drink more water to improve your general health and help you lose weight:
- Water has an impact on our health at the cellular level because it makes up at least 70% of each cell and supports cell structure.
- Water is essential for the survival and proper operation of practically all of the body's functions.
- Water aids in the regulation of our internal body temperature via sweating and respiration.
- Water aids our systems in the breakdown of fats and other lipids via the metabolic process known as lipolysis.
- Water distributes nutrients through our bodies and assists digestion.
- Water removes waste from our bodies.
- Because water has no calories, we can minimize our caloric intake by substituting it for other calorie-containing beverages.
- Water promotes normal brain function.
- Water helps to lubricate our joints.
- Drinking more water makes us feel fuller, allowing us to eat less food without feeling deprived.
How to Determine If You're Dehydrated
Despite all we know about the importance of drinking water and how it benefits our health, many people do not drink enough of it. According to some estimates, up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
Dehydration symptoms range from moderate to severe, so pay attention when you start to feel thirsty or notice your mouth feeling dry. Even if your symptoms are faint, they indicate that you are already dehydrated.
Some of the most common signs of mild dehydration are feeling thirsty, having a dry mouth, lips, and eyes, and using the restroom less frequently. Dehydration can also cause weariness, irritability, brain fog, constipation, and a quick pulse if not treated promptly.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
You've most likely heard that you should drink 64 ounces of water every day. While this is a good start, it is most likely insufficient. A simple approach for drinking enough water each day is to split your body weight by two: That is the bare minimum of ounces of water (pure H2O, not tea, coffee, or any other water-containing liquid) you should drink each day.
It's also crucial to remember that hydration should be done on a regular basis, not just before and after workouts. The idea is to stay hydrated on a regular basis and then supplement with more water when you are sweating profusely, spending time in the heat, or exercising.
5 Simple Ways to Increase Your Water Consumption
- 1. Begin early. Starting your day with water is one of the simplest ways to begin adding it to your daily intake. Drink a glass of water while your coffee or tea is brewing or steeping.
- Use a 1:1 water-to-other-beverage ratio. If you're drinking something other than water, mix in some water as well. Aim for a water-to-other-beverage ratio of at least 1:1; this will help you improve your daily water consumption, slow down the calories you consume from other drinks, and help you feel fuller faster.
- Drink water using a straw. Did you know that you drink more using a straw than from a cup? My clients are always advised to drink water through a straw and all other liquids by sipping from a cup. You'll drink more water and fewer liquids that may contain extra calories.
- Locate the ideal water jug or cup. I have a favorite water cup: it's the right size for my hand, it doesn't sweat, it's insulated to keep my water cool, and it has a straw!
- Sip, refill, and repeat. Keep your favorite cup nearby once you've found it. When you've drank the water in your cup, refill it and repeat!
Water can help you lose weight in a variety of ways. When you drink it before you eat, it functions as a natural appetite suppressant, allowing you to eat less food. It aids in fat burning and promotes a faster metabolism. It is also crucial in the waste elimination process of your body. Simply increasing your daily water intake is an excellent place to start if you want to lose weight.
Water is one of the most powerful, simple, inexpensive, and widely available tools for helping you lose weight and improve your health. Take a sip and enjoy! Your body will appreciate it.