If you’re serious about dropping a few pounds and getting in shape, make sure water is part of your overall plan. Drinking enough water to stay hydrated can have a huge impact on your body’s ability to burn fat and calories. It is estimated 75% of all Americans are chronically dehydrated and 37% have such a weak thirst mechanism, thirst is often mistaken for hunger. Drinking enough water will fuel your body’s fat-burning process and help you stay energized to burn calories.
Everyone needs a different amount of water depending on weight, activity, environmental temperature, and type of diet. In a study by the Institute of Medical Technology, it is recommended that we consume as much as one gallon of water a day to stay adequately hydrated.
Drinking water when aiming to lose weight will enable you to control your calorie intake, decrease fatigue, prevent cramping, regulate your body temperature, and carry oxygen to your cells. Water will not only aid in weight loss but also has a wide range of benefits for your body. Drinking it at the correct time maximizes its effectiveness on the body by lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, increasing brainpower, and protecting your heart.
Here are a few more reasons to make water intake a priority for a healthier you:
The weight you first lose while on a diet is mostly due to the loss of water. The belief that water weight causes bloating is a myth. Drinking water on a regular basis will keep your body from retaining it. Bloating occurs when your body feels it needs to compensate dehydration. The more water you drink, the less bloating will occur.
A Healthy Diet
Drinking water will help reduce cravings for high calorie foods. A healthy diet of non-caloric beverages and water-based foods high in nutrients will make you feel full sooner and leave you feeling satisfied eating less. Water based foods also have a higher volume that requires us to chew more and our body to absorb slowly. This leaves us feeling full both physically and mentally satisfied. However, a healthy diet must include a proper amount fiber and nutrients. Without them, our body will begin to store fat in an effort to conserve energy. Water is essential to keep our body from storing all of this and causing constipation. Foods that are rich in water include fruits, veggies and beans.
Fatigue & Metabolism
Without water, your blood volume levels will be reduced, causing a reduction in the amount of oxygen that reaches your cells and muscles. This causes fatigue. Your bodily functions and metabolism will slow down to conserve energy in order to keep your organs working properly. In order to keep your organs working efficiently, an adequate amount of water is needed during exercise.
Toxins in the Body
When you burn calories, your body releases toxins and the water you drink aids flushing them out of your system. While doing so, water will aid in keeping your joints lubricated and your eyes hydrated. This in turn will help prevent injury both during exercise and during daily activities.
Muscle tone needs water because it helps lubricate joints and allows your muscles to contract. Without water, exercising can cause muscle soreness and stiff joints. It is recommended that people drink at least 17 ounces of water 2 hours before exercising or taking on a high-energy task. You should also drink water at regular intervals to make up for water used by your body during hard work and exercise.
Now is a good time to have a glass of water.