Can Drinking More Water Help You Lose Weight?
You’ve probably heard a few times: drinking more water will help you lose more weight….
But does water really help weight loss?
The short answer is yes drinking more water can help you lose weight.
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant.
Also, drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to drop those extra pounds of water weight.
When the stomach senses it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger.
A person may also think that they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking, if you start to feel hungry at a certain same time every day try having a glass of water and waiting 20-30 minutes.
Water increases calorie burning
Some research indicates that drinking water can help to burn calories.
In a 2014 study, 12 people who drank 500 mL of cold and room temperature water experienced an increase in energy expenditure.
They burned between 2 and 3 percent more calories than usual in the 90 minutes after drinking the water.
Water may also temporarily increase the body’s resting energy expenditure, or the number of calories burned while resting.
Drinking cold water may further enhance water’s calorie-burning benefits, because the body expends energy, or calories, by heating up the water for digestion.
Water is necessary to burn fat
Without water, the body cannot properly metabolise stored fat or carbohydrates.
The process of metabolising fat is called lipolysis. The first step of this process is hydrolysis, which occurs when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids.
Drinking enough water is essential for burning off fat from food and drink, as well as stored fat.
Water helps with workouts
One of the most important components of any weight loss plan is exercise.
Water helps muscles, connective tissues, and joints to move correctly. It also helps the lungs, heart, and other organs to work effectively as they ramp up activity during exercise.
Being hydrated reduces the risk of things that can get in the way of a good workout, such as muscle cramps and fatigue.
Always drink water before, during, and after exercise to avoid dehydration.
Keeping water close at hand is essential, especially if exercising in hot, humid, or very sunny conditions.
Buy a bottle you like the look of so you are more likely to want to use it, and keep it with you at work, at home, on your desk, out walking, at the table and you’ll notice your water intake increases.
Challenge yourself this week to drink 2 l a day and see how you feel at the end of the week.
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