How many times have you heard? Drinking more water will help you lose more weight.
Does water really help fat loss? The answer is yes. Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, helps your body eliminate waste, and is an appetite suppressant.
Drinking water is good for you and is especially important when you are working to lose weight and drop fat.
Follow these tips and you can lose weight on the scale.
1. DRINK BEFORE MEALS
Water is an appetite suppressant and drinking it before meals can make you feel fuller, faster.
If you partially fill your stomach with water before meals you will likely eat less food, therefore reduce the number of calories you eat.
“We found in earlier studies that middle aged and older people who drank two cups of water right before eating a meal ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories during that meal. In this recent study, we found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.” said Brenda Davy, Ph.D.
Since reducing calories is the primary way you lose weight, you can drop fat by just drinking more water.
2. REPLACE SUGAR FILLED DRINKS WITH WATER
When you drink soda and fruit juices, you are loading up with empty calories than keep you from losing fat. Cut out these sugar filled drinks and just drink water.
Ditching two 12-ounce sodas a day can cut out 280 calories. By replacing soda with water, you can save 1,960 calories a week which results in a loss of just over a half pound a week.
If you want to add flavor to your water, squeeze a lemon in your glass. In addition to making water taste better, lemon juice is another appetite suppressant. +1
Add lemon to your water for flavor
3. DRINKING COLD WATER BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM
Drinking ice cold water helps boost your metabolism.
The reason for this is your body will have to burn energy to heat the water up that you drink to your body temperature. This energy must come from somewhere and if you are managing your calories properly, this will be from fat.
A research team studied 14 people and found that study participants who drank ice cold water boosted their metabolism by 30-percent for over an hour.
If you guzzle down two liters of ice cold water a day, you can burn off an additional 100 calories.
This may not sound like much but... You need to drink water anyway and you are not putting out much effort for the benefit.
Get plenty of water during your workouts
4. DRINK WATER AT THE GYM
When you hit the gym, drink water to keep yourself hydrated. You will feel more energetic and have better workouts.
Proper hydration also supports joint health by keeping fluids at proper levels which lubricates joints and cushions impacts caused by working out.
Although the water itself does not burn calories, it does help your body to be more efficient and workout with more intensity.
You should be drinking 8 ounces of water for every 15 minutes of lifting or performing cardio.
5. GET PLENTY OF WATER DAILY
If you find yourself being thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Make sure you get your water in before becoming dehydrated.
So, how much water should I drink? “It depends on your size and weight, and also on your activity level and where you live,” Nessler says. “In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.
How do you know if you’re getting enough water? A general rule of thumb to know if you are drinking enough water is... your urine color should be nearly clear most of the time.
Drinking water is an easy way to lose weight
6. TIPS TO DRINK MORE WATER
- Get a sturdy PBA Free water bottle and keep it at your desk.
- Drink a glass or two before meals to fill your stomach and aid digestion.
- Put a water bottle in your gym bag and drink throughout your workouts.
- Add sugar free flavors to your water. Lemon, ginger and herbs can be used for all-natural flavoring.
Drinking water is good for your body but be careful not to overdo a good thing.
Too much water can cause a condition called hyponatremia (aka water intoxication). This condition is caused by having abnormally low levels of sodium in your bloodstream throwing off electrolyte ratios. Do not drink water in excess as this condition can be life threatening.