Water. It makes up about 60 percent of your body and without it, you wouldn’t survive more than a few days. It’s absolutely essential for life, but can upping your water intake really help you shift the pounds? It certainly can, and here’s how.
Water boosts your metabolism
When you don’t drink enough water you become dehydrated. Dehydration causes your metabolism to slow down in order to conserve energy, which can inhibit the fat burning process. So keep your metabolism boosted by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and your body will be able to keep on burning that fat.
Cold water burns more calories
Drink your water ice cold. Your body will have to warm it up to body temperature, causing an increase in energy expenditure which burns calories. One study on this water-induced thermogenesis showed that men burned fats and women burned carbohydrates to provide the energy needed to warm the water. Besides, cold water is so much nicer and more refreshing than warm water.
Water suppresses your appetite
Your body often confuses thirst for hunger, causing you to eat when you don’t actually need to, which is no good for your weight loss. Water will give you the sensation of feeling full, enabling you better control your calorie intake. So next time you’re in the mood for a snack, drink some water instead.
Water helps you eat less at mealtimes
Several studies have shown that people drinking two glasses of water before every meal consumed fewer calories and lost more weight than those who didn’t. One study found that those drinking water ate an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. Try drinking a glass of water before, during and after each of your meals to speed up your weight loss.
Water helps you cut calories
Swapping sugar filled sodas for water is an easy way to cut your daily calorie intake as well as ensuring you are kept hydrated. Eating plenty of water based foods like soups and vegetables will also help you lower the calorie density of your meals, meaning you can easily reduce your calorie intake without sacrificing your portion sizes.
Water keeps you healthy
Water flushes out toxins from your body’s system, including those produced when you exercise. It also helps to keep your joints lubricated and helps prevent muscle cramping which can help you have a better, longer workout with less risk of injury. And better workouts lead to better weight loss. Make sure you drink water before, during and after you exercise.
Some research has estimated that if you increase your water intake by 1.5 litres a day, over the course of a year you could burn a massive 17,400 extra calories – the equivalent of about five pounds. It might not sound like much, but when you combine your water guzzling with plenty of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet, you’ll be able to shift your weight more quickly and easily.
Upping your water intake is one of the easiest ways to boost your weight loss, and it takes virtually no effort! So head for the tap right now and grab yourself a glass of H20.