Sure, water is not a magic potion that will transform you overnight (how amazing would that have been, though?!), but most of us overlook the importance of drinking sufficient water everyday in our weight loss journey.
1. Water is the most natural appetite suppressant.
Of course, the most obvious benefit of drinking water is it literally helps you feel full. But did you know that our bodies could sometimes confuse thirst for hunger? Symptoms like low energy levels, light-headedness, and rumbling tummies can also just mean that you are thirsty. So the next time you feel those hunger pangs, try drinking 16 ounces of water half an hour before you grab a snack so you will not end up eating more than you actually need to.
2. Water makes exercise more effective.
When your body is dehydrated, your performance takes a plunge and your body’s ability to burn fat decreases. It is a fact that your body will not send signals of it being parched until you lose 2% of your body weight’s worth of water. Unfortunately, studies show that when your body reaches this point, it is no longer in the best condition to burn fat. So, to maximize your workouts, make sure to hydrate even before you feel thirsty. Experts suggest that you drink about 16 ounces of water before your workout and 8 ounces after every 30 minutes during the activity.
3. Water boosts your metabolism.
With or without exercise, drinking water helps us burn more calories throughout the day. Through a process called “diet-induced thermogenesis,” our bodies are programmed to get the motor running whenever we intake anything, regardless if it’s a glass of zero-calorie water or a 500-calorie chocolate bar. Studies show that drinking 16 ounces of water can temporarily cause one’s resting energy expenditure to spike by about 30%. That means you burn a few more calories than you usually do, even if you are just sitting down.
4. Water boosts your energy.
Nearly 70 percent of the human body is made up of water. It powers your cells and muscles, and keeps your brain supplied with sufficient amount oxygen. For this reason, staying hydrated is very important to keep your physical and mental vitality on point. When your have high energy levels, you are more likely to move, be active, and exercise.
5. Water keeps you from bloating.
Bloating and water retention can add to that unwanted weight and inches. It may sound counter-intuitive but your body will end up retaining more water when it feels like it is being deprived of some good ol’ H2O. Retaining water is your body’s way of making sure it will have enough fluids to reuse to keep your organs working. Keep yourself hydrated at all times so your body will never feel like it should store water in puff pockets around your face and belly.
6. Water will help break your sugar addiction.
Sugary drinks are probably the biggest saboteurs of most weight loss attempts. They have empty calories that do not nourish the body and just add up us as unwanted stored fat. It may be a struggle at first, but if you keep switching your sweet drinks with water, you will be breaking the habit in no time and your body will thank you for it!