Can drinking water help you to lose weight?

Drinking water has many health benefits but if you are trying to lose weight, then you really should make sure you are adequately hydrated.

Water is one of the most important elements of the human body. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water!  The human body uses water in every cell, organ, and tissue to maintain bodily functions as well as regulating our temperature. Amongst many things, drinking water can suppress your appetite, cleanse your body of waste, prevent water retention and helps to boost your metabolism!  It is an essential part of anyone wishing to lose weight.

Drinking water before meals aids weight loss

Research shows that drinking 500 ml of water 30 min before eating your main meal helps with weight loss!   By helping to reduce your appetite, it determines how hungry you actually are – this, in turn, decreases your intake of calories leading to weight loss!  It is good for suppressing hunger pangs too – sometimes when we feel hungry, we are actually thirsty, so drinking water first before reaching for food is another great way of cutting down on calories!  For example, being dehydrated can also be a feeling that we associate with being hungry, such as an empty tummy, fatigue, low energy and light-headedness. 

Drinking water is linked to reduced calorie intake!

Of course, replacing high-calorie drinks with a glass of water (containing zero calories), will help to reduce your overall calorie intake. This is a choice that you can make.  However, it is useful to know that dehydration can often present itself as fatigue.  If you are suffering from tiredness or you’ve hit a mid-afternoon energy slump, it is all too easy to reach for that sugar fix from a highly calorific drink – whereas simply drinking more water can help restore your energy levels and of course, prevent an unnecessary intake of calories!

Drinking water can increase your metabolism

First of all, it is important to know that being dehydrated can slow your metabolism down!  So that’s a great reason to ensure that you are always adequately hydrated!

Thermogenesis is a metabolic process where your body burns calories to produce heat.  Diet, exercise and environmental temperature are all factors that induce thermogenesis.  Studies show that drinking 500 ml of water increases your metabolic rate by 10-30% for about an hour.  Drinking ice cold water can help boost your metabolism as your body needs to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories!

Drinking water helps to prevent water retention!

It may sound contradictory, but a body that is well hydrated is less likely to suffer from water retention.  If you don’t take in enough fluid, your body cannot function properly which may result in excess fluid building up in the body causing water retention and bloating!

Drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated is important to avoid retaining waste.  Water assists the kidneys in the removal of toxins and waste whilst filtering out and retaining essential electrolytes and nutrients.  If the body is dehydrated, the kidneys retain fluid. If this function doesn’t perform properly, then waste will build up in the body, leaving you feeling bloated, swollen and tired, and possibly adding on a few extra pounds!

Keeping hydrated is an essential part of a weight loss plan but it is also vital for our overall health.

Drinking water is only a very small part of helping with weight loss as there are many other factors that should be adhered to in order to shift those unwanted pounds.  However, drinking water is a significantly healthy part of a weight loss plan as water is required to transport nutrients around our bodies giving us energy, regulate our temperature, lubricate our joints, aid digestion, remove waste and allows us to function properly!  So get sipping away and whether you are trying to lose weight or simply maintain it, drinking water is vital for your health and wellbeing.

 

 

References and further reading

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237305
https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/88/12/6015/2661518
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles

 



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