Scientists have controversial if water has any effect on weight loss, but almost 59% of adults in the US think it does, and these are some of the reasons why. For those looking for light at the end of the tunnel, why not try water to help you lose weight? Here are a few reasons why you need to think of water as an assistant in weight loss.
1. Keep hydrated, eat less
When you are dehydrated you tend to eat more. This is because we want to drink more than we want to drink water. Whenever you're hungry, you grab food the minute the signal is sent but we tend to ignore our thirst signal until it becomes unbearable. Almost 75% of us are dehydrated at any one time. So try to take some water when you find yourself next time you're craving food in between meals.
TIP: Drink water (1 glass) about half an hour before a meal, but not closer. Drinking too close to the meal dilutes your stomach acid.
2. Reduce calories
Drinking water regularly prevents you from drinking high calorie drinks that will increase your weight. Instead of water we tend to replace it with milk flavored coffee, tea, fruit juices and soft drinks. These drinks are high in calories so switching to water you consume less calories.
3. Increased energy
Even being a little dehydrated can cause you to lose energy and be sluggish and we tend to go for high calorie snacks to motivate us. Drinking water helps to boost energy and you will want to use it for exercise which helps to reduce your weight and you will consume less calories.
4. Boost your metabolism
Drinking more water (especially cold water) helps to increase the energy you spend even while at rest – up to 400 kilojoules for every two liters of water you drink.
TIP: When you're tired of plain old water, add some lemon for flavor, or a bit of fruit juice (10%).
5. Healthy Joints
Sometimes we feel like our joints need some lubrication, and water helps to do this. Water is a main component of synovial fluid that is found in the joints, and helps to reduce friction and protect your joints from injury.
TIP: Eat foods with high water concentration. Grapefruit contains 91% water. Watermelon and strawberries contain 92% water. Cucumber and lettuce contain 96% water.
6. Liver functions
Your liver helps to remove waste from your body and metabolize fat. Drinking water regularly helps the liver to perform its functions unhindered.
7. Body health consciousness
Humans are creatures of habit and carry a bottle of water each day to help you take better care of your body as you set your goal to drink at least two liters of water every day. When you have a headache do not always rush to get an aspirin, take some water instead and you may find that the headache was just yours.
TIP: When you have a headache do not always rush to get an aspirin body telling you to take some water.
8. Muscle build up
We sometimes find our muscles not as strong as they look and this is because dehydration causes loss of muscle strength and slow muscle response. Staying hydrated before and after exercising helps with muscle growth and response.
TIP: Being Thirsty means you are dehydrated. Try to drink water at regular intervals and do not wait to get thirsty.
We always recommend drinking 2 liters of water each day (equivalent to eight glasses of water). This, however, is completely dependent on the individual. For example, people who are active and sweat a lot may need more water than those who are not as active. Do not overdo your consumption, as it can cause water toxicity, which can lead to death.
Do not always go for the high energy foods or candy to boost you in a day, as they only help to increase your weight and make you lose the energy you need shortly after. Drinking water as you need will help keep you healthy, as your body will get rid of waste efficiently and you will never be at a loss of energy when you need some to go through the day
Source by Bob Tom