Today we want to talk about how important water is to weight loss. Really, water? You might be thinking. Well the evidence is out there and it is very compelling. Now, this doesn t mean that you can eat unhealthy food and not do any exercise, but if you drink lots of water then you will lose weight.
There are no magic solutions. However, it does mean that if you are exercising regularly and eating well, then drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day can make a huge difference.
Here s a few reasons water is an important component to you weight loss program:
1. Water helps with metabolism.
Your liver is the organ that is in charge of metabolizing fat into energy. Your liver also assists your kidneys in removing toxins from the body. If your kidneys are water-deprived then your liver has to take up the slack, getting in the way of it metabolizing fat.
A hydrated body allows kidney and liver functions to normalize, and allows you to burn more fat more easily.
A recent study in Germany supports this idea. After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.
2. Water reduces your appetite.
Drinking water before you eat takes up space in your stomach, leading to that full feeling faster. If that water is cold, it will cause your stomach to shrink a little, allowing you to feel full even faster.
Cold water also requires more energy to process in your body. Besides we often are confused about how hungry we really are. Often times that hungry feeling is really your body telling you that you need to drink some water.
3. Drinking water enhances your workout results.
Muscles need water to function properly. Properly hydrated muscles are more toned and flexible. They also contract more easily, making your workout more effective and your body more toned.
4. Drinking water enhances your self-esteem.
Water flushes impurities from your skin, giving you a clear, glowing complexion. Also, hydrated skin cells firm up and make you look younger. How can you not feel good about yourself when your skin is clear and you already look younger?
5. Drinking more water actually helps prevent water retention.
If your body is deprived of water, it is more likely to hold onto what little it has. On the other hand, increasing your water intake will cause your body to stop holding onto its limited supplies.
Some people can lose up to 3-4 lbs. of weight shortly after increasing how much water they drink. Of course you will be going to the bathroom more than usual for the first 3-4 days, but once your body releases all the excess water it has been storing, then you will go back to normal.
So, stop reading and go have a drink of water!
The DFC Team
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