Nothing beats a big glass of water for rehydration. The majority of people are aware that they do not drink enough. Drink more water: you know you should, but you never seem to get around to it. Do you believe you’re getting enough to drink? Perhaps you aren’t. The majority of us do not consume enough water.
Drinking too little water does more than make you thirsty. You’re tired and sluggish, you’re getting headaches, your skin is dull, your muscles are cramping, and you’re hungry. This isn’t good. Doesn’t that make you reconsider leaving your water bottle at home?
Jennie from Colorado Springs Fit Body Boot Camp says, “Everyone is always asking me for a “magic pill” for weight loss. It amazes me the amount of money people spend on supplements and pills without first doing the most important step of making sure they are drinking enough water. Water makes your body work better! It flushes toxins out of your system, hydrates your joints, makes your brain sharper, and makes your skin look better. These are just a few of the benefits. Water is the ultimate “magic pill”.”
Water is perhaps the most underappreciated nutrient, particularly when it comes to weight loss. It’s easy to forget about drinking enough water, but it’s critical for weight loss success.
Here are five amazing ways that drinking more water can help you burn more calories, reduce overeating, and lose weight.
It Increases Your Metabolism
Are you attempting to lose weight? Water can help your body burn fat more efficiently. In healthy men and women, drinking more water increases their metabolic rate by 30%. Aside from sweat sessions, water increases your caloric burn—period. Because your body has to work (burn calories) to process whatever you eat or drink, every time you eat or drink. Simply by doing what you’re already doing, drinking water can increase the number of calories your body burns. (1)
Your body, including your metabolism, runs less efficiently when you’re dehydrated. Your body can process energy or calories more efficiently if your metabolism is faster.
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Water Helps Distinguish The Difference Between Hunger and Thirst
The body has a difficult time distinguishing between hunger and thirst.(2) So if you’re walking around with a gnawing hunger, it’s possible you’re dehydrated. Instead of reaching for a snack, try to drink more water.
You’ve probably heard the old adage that “water makes you feel full.” Water’s ability to help you pinpoint your hunger level, however, is even more useful than its ability to fill you up. We often mistakenly believe we are hungry when we are actually thirsty. For example, many of the sensations associated with hunger, such as an empty, gurgling stomach, low energy, and even light-headedness, also occur when you’re dehydrated.
It Keeps You From Drinking Other Drinks
You can lose weight by eating fewer calories than you burn each day. Switching from high-calorie drinks to water, which has no calories, can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. A can of regular soda has about 150 calories, whereas water has none. Soda contains a lot of sugar, and drinking it on a regular basis may cause your body to crave even more sugar. Switching from soda to water can help you lose almost a pound per week if you drink about three cans of regular soda per day.
Despite the fact that most diet sodas are calorie-free, switching to water may help you lose weight. Diet sodas, like regular sodas, have a sweet taste that may make you crave more sugar.
While most juices contain vitamin C, they also contain a lot of sugar. Depending on the type of juice you drink, many fruit juices have 120 to 180 calories per cup. Switching from juice to water or diluting your juice with water can help you lose weight by lowering your calorie intake.
Staying Hydrated Makes Your Workouts More Effective
Both your workouts and your results (fat loss) will suffer if you’re dehydrated. Unfortunately, you won’t feel thirsty until you’ve lost around 2% of your body weight in water. This is also the point at which your exercise performance begins to deteriorate. (3)
When it comes to your workouts, being mildly to moderately dehydrated can have a number of unintended consequences that you may not be aware of.
Your heart has to work even harder to pump blood when you have less fluid in your body. This means that your cardiovascular system may feel like it’s working even harder (higher heart rate) than it should. (4)
Finally, staying properly hydrated helps you avoid muscle cramps. Your joints will stay lubricated, which will allow you to exercise more effectively. (5)
Water is an Energy Booster
You crush workouts, slash cravings, and are generally more likely to get your booty off the couch when your energy levels are high. Dehydration can make you feel exhausted and drained. You simply need to drink more water to stay hydrated and focused on your weight-loss goals.
Are you hitting a wall after lunch? Try drinking more water instead of going to the vending machine for a sugar fix. Dehydration likes to disguise itself as exhaustion. It will help you avoid feeling sluggish if you drink more water. (6)
- (1) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21750519/
- (2) https://pkdcure.org/hunger-vs-thirst/
- (3) https://www.mayoclinic.org/want-to-stay-hydrated-drink-before-youre-thirsty
- (4) https://share.upmc.com/2014/09/importance-hydration-heart/
- (5) https://riverview.org/blog/fitness-2/the-importance-of-hydration/
- (6) https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/ss/slideshow-fatigue-causes-and-remedies