With so many weight loss products, energy drinks, smoothies, supplements and strategies out there, it’s easy to lose sight of simple techniques that can make a huge difference. Drinking water is one such technique, and although it doesn’t come with sleek packaging or multimillion dollar ad campaigns, it is still very effective.
Water is crucial for survival. Aside from oxygen, it is the most critical element that keeps the human body going. You can go without food for several weeks, but you’d only survive a few days without any water. As a weight loss tool, drinking water provides several important benefits.
Staying Hydrated with Zero Calories
Many studies indicate that most of us are dehydrated to some degree. We don’t drink enough water, and the drinks we do consume contribute to increasing waistlines. Drinking water is a zero-calorie way to stay hydrated and keep your muscles working efficiently. Sugary drinks that begin as water provide high calorie content and diet drinks use questionable chemicals to become sweet.
Water also has the ability to reduce your feelings of hunger so you eat less. If you make a point of drinking an 8-ounce glass of water before you sit down to eat, you’ll naturally feel full faster and will eat less. It’s also been said that if you are dehydrated, you may be confusing being thirsty for being hungry. after drinking your glass of water, you may discover that you weren’t really hungry after all.
If you are to engage in exercise every day and lead an active lifestyle to promote weight loss, you need energy. Being tired and lethargic just isn’t going to cut it. Drinking water can help increase your energy levels by keeping your brain (which is mostly water) hydrated, and aiding in digestive processes to speed up your metabolism.
How Much Do I Need?
Not everyone requires the exact same amount of water each day, so you may have to experiment a little to determine what’s right for you. Some will tell you to have eight 8 oz. glasses per day, while others will suggest drinking half your body weight in ounces. Generally, if your urine is clear or nearly clear and you’re feeling good and full of energy, then you’re getting enough. If you are clamoring for a little flavor in your water, feel free to squeeze some lemon into it to boost the taste. Lemon water also has its share of benefits, so drink away!
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