How does drinking water help you lose weight? Or does it help? Losing weight is challenging for most people and often times we are looking for any additional help to make us successful. Most doctors would agree that simply going on a diet isn't a long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight unless it is combined with a lifestyle change. Drinking extra water each day could be one of those lifestyle changes that can make a real difference in you being able to lose weight and keep it off. In this post, we will look at a number of proven ways that drinking more water can actually help you to lose those extra pounds. If you don't enjoy the taste of your home water and that prevents you from drinking more, contact WaterSmart to find out how a reverse osmosis drinking system could improve the taste of your water.
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Benefits of Losing Weight
Our society puts a lot of stress on self-image and the pressure to look thin can be psychologically damaging, especially for young people. However, there are definite physical benefits to maintaining a healthy weight. According to healthtalk.org some of these include:
- Having more energy
- Being less susceptible to developing harmful conditions like heart disease
- Sleeping better
- Having fewer aches and pains
- Breathing easier
- Having easier mobility
How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?
According to Leah Kaufman, R.D., a dietitian with NYU Langone Medical Center's Weight Management Program, the amount of water that you drink plays a huge role in successfully losing weight. The following are 5 ways in which drinking water can help you lose weight.
1. It Fills You Up
This is probably the most obvious way that drinking water will help you lose weight. When you drink more, it helps you to feel full. A University of Oxford study done in 2015 found that obese adults who drank 16 ounces of water half an hour before mealtime ate fewer calories and lost 2.6 more pounds than those who told themselves that they were full before eating.
2. It Helps When You Exercise
Drinking water will help your workouts be more successful. It keeps your cells firing and it feeds your muscles with oxygen and nutrients. If you are dehydrated while you are working out, your fat loss will suffer. It is a good idea to drink half a litre of water before your workout as you won't start to feel thirsty until you have already lost about 2% of your body weight in water.
Hydrating before exercising will ensure that you don't lose your body weight in water and this, in turn, will help you maintain your performance levels throughout the workout, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The American Council on Exercise recommends that if you are a physically active woman, you should be drinking 2.7 litres of water per day. That is significantly more than the previously thought optimum of 8 glasses per day.
3. Drinking Water Boosts Your Metabolism
Simply put, drinking more water helps you to burn more calories. A study done by the Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism showed that healthy men and women who drank about 16 ounces of water demonstrated a spike in their metabolic rate of about 30%. The researchers of that study concluded that people who drink an additional 1.5 litres of water every day could burn an extra 200 calories every day.
*Tip: Drinking cold water will burn even more calories as your body has to work to warm the water to body temperature according to healthline.com.
4. Drinking Water Will Help You Determine If You Are Actually Hungry
Believe it or not, sometimes when we think we are hungry, our body is actually telling us that we are thirsty. According to WomensHealthMag.com we often mix up the two sensations because the sensations connected to the two are very similar: an empty, grumbling stomach; low energy levels; and lightheadedness. The next time that you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. If the sensation goes away, your body was actually telling you that you were thirsty.
5. Drinking Water Instead Of Other Liquids Helps Lower Your Calorie Count
If you are drinking water, which has no calories, then you won't be drinking other beverages which contain a lot of calories. A study of more than 1,100 adults done by BMC Public Health found that every 3.4 ounces of water drunk resulted in a 0.7 ounce reduction in the consumption of beverages that contained calories.
Apps To Help You Remember To Drink More Water
If you have trouble remembering to drink more water, here are some great free apps that are designed to remind you.
Daily Water Tracer Reminder
Water Time Pro
Water Drink Reminder
WaterSmart - We Take Water Seriously
At WaterSmart we take our role in providing our customers with an adequate supply of clean drinking water seriously. Drop by one of our locations or give us a call to find out how we can help improve the quality of your water and the quality of your health. If you are concerned about your water supply, don't hesitate to contact us immediately. We know good water, and we know how to make sure you get it.