Do you drink your recommended daily water intake?
Or does your fluid intake consist of coffee, tea, and sugary drinks?
Research estimates that half of our population is either under-hydrated or dehydrated. You might be under-watered, just like a wilting garden or a flaccid houseplant.
The signs can be subtle or strong, obscure or obvious: dizziness, dry mouth, skin or tongue, fatigue, headache, lightheadedness, low blood pressure, muscle weakness, reduced concentration, and of course, thirst.
Unsurprisingly, optimal water intake is key to health. Maybe unexpectedly, H2O is also essential to your ability to shed unwanted pounds.
If you’ve been struggling to slim down, this might be your hidden key. There are four good reasons why. Let’s take a look…
1. Boosts your metabolism
A healthy metabolism is a well accepted aspect of weight loss, especially in the long-term. But a draconian diet can slow your metabolism down to a snail’s pace; killing your ability to drop excess fat. If you’ve hit that dreaded plateau or regained weight you’ve lost, your body might already have suffered from this frustration.
Instead of deprivation, how can you shed unwanted pounds?
Boost your metabolism.
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the effects of drinking 16.9 fluid ounces (that’s 2.1 cups or half-liter) of water. They found that there was an “increased energy expenditure by 24% over the course of 60 min after ingestion.”
Twenty-four percent is a remarkable effect! But what does it mean for weight loss?
The authors of another study said that, “Drinking 2 liters of water per day would augment energy expenditure by approximately 400 kJ."
By simply drinking eight glasses of water each day, you’ll scorch an extra 400 kJ, or almost 100 calories.
Tip: Drink cold water. The body must use energy to bring cooler fluids up to body temperature. This burns additional energy.
2. Acts as a natural appetite suppressant
When you think about an appetite suppressant, do you imagine dangerous designer drugs or prescription medications? There are much safer ways.
An appetite suppressant is simply an aid that quells hunger. Water fits this descriptor.
Research has investigated the effects of water on appetite. In one study, participants drank just under 17 fl oz of water, three times a day: 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (In addition to their usual intake) After eight weeks, body mass index (BMI), body weight, skin-fold thickness, and appetite score all dropped significantly.
Water has an additional likely benefit on fat loss. Sometimes we can mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking a large glass of water instead of snacking could provide exactly what you need.
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3. Improves digestion
Have you ever noticed a lumpy bumpy difference in bowel function when you’ve forgotten to drink? Or how well things tend to flow when you’re well watered?
When we drink, fluid moves from the mouth to the stomach, onto the small and then large bowel, and finally out. During passage, the body absorbs the water it needs. This means drinking too little may result in stools that become hard and dry. Difficult to pass.
Other than being a literal pain, an unhealthy and slow moving gut appears to be linked to overweight and obesity.
So, if you suffer from a sluggish bowel, try increasing your water consumption. The softening effect might just be the therapy you need.
4. Reduces intake of sugary drinks
Sugary drinks are a surefire way to quickly consume more refined carbs and calories than you need. Yes, this can expand your love handles!
Are you wiping the sweat from your brow because you’re not a soda kind of person?
What if we told you that a Starbucks Grande Caffe Mocha comes in at 33 grams of sugar per serve? Or that a single Minute Maid 100% apple juice heads our list?
With an average American intake at 38.87 gallons per person, per year, it’s no wonder sugar-rich drinks have been found to increase the likelihood of obesity and diabetes.
Again, water provides a weight-free answer.
A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at the benefits of switching calorie-containing drinks for water or calorie-free drinks. The authors found that this simple change brought major benefits.
After six months, weight and waist circumference dropped, systolic blood pressure lowered, fasting glucose reduced, and hydration improved.
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How much water should you drink?
That’s the magical question!
Like other health queries the answer is: it depends.
Factors like activity, climate, diet, illness, physical size, and sex all play a role. But, there are some guidelines. According to the review, Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration, “On average, a sedentary adult should drink 1.5 l of water per day.” That’s 6.34 cups.
Of course, as you are here there’s a good chance that you are active. (If not, it’s time to start) Many health professionals recommend drinking a minimum of eight cups of water per day as a baseline.
The Hydration Takeaway
Your body needs water to function well and, as it turns out, to lose weight.
Swigging sufficient H2O will help you to shed unwanted pounds in four important ways: by boosting metabolism, acting as a natural appetite suppressant, improving digestion, and effortlessly reducing your intake of sugary drinks.
This humble habit can help make your hard won abs visible, slim down your frame, and deliver a sexy silhouette.