Water is a requirement of life! Many people looking to lose weight do not drink enough water daily and remain dehydrated, opting instead for a sugary and calorie filled beverage. Soda or pop, depending on where you’re from or Maybe that ice mocha latte Alfrappachino grande is the only drink you have all day. Definitely NOT good for your body.
Water is one of the single most important factors when it comes to staying healthy and is a great way to aid in losing weight. Surprisingly overlooked by a lot of people despite its importance. Your body is roughly made up of %60 water and a lot of people borderline on being dehydrated.
You don’t need Link’s song of Storms but you definitely need to get proper hydration through water.
What are some signs of dehydration?
- Dry sticky mouth
- sleepiness or overall fatigue
- Decreased urination (obviously)
- Dark colored urine
- Dry skin
- Lack of sweat
- Sunken eyes
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dizziness or lightheartedness
After looking at that list I imagine you immediately went to grab a drink. So let’s take a look at the benefits of water / hydration.
- Skin health
- Digestion (Decreases constipation)
- Normal body functionality (Water helps the blood transport oxygen and other essential nutrients to your cells)
- normal energy levels or more alertness
- Feeling of fullness / Decrease appetite /cravings
- Better mood
- Flushes out impurities/toxins and improves circulation and blood flow
- Reduces kidney stones
- Decreases cramping
- Better blood flow
- and much much more
So you’re probably wondering, How much water should you drink? Well there are several factors ranging from overall size and gender but let’s go with the “standards” for now. Keep in mind the more active you are, and the hotter your environment the more water you will want to drink daily.
- Women should drink around 2.2 liters / 74 oz / 9 (8oz) cups daily
- Men should drink around 3 liters /100 oz / 12 (8oz) cups daily
But keep in mind if you’re living a active life style and you’re doing a really good hard workout like Tony Horton’s – P90x or Shaun T’s – Insanity each day, you want to shoot for at least 1 gallon of water daily. I know it sounds like a lot but you are better off being a little over hydrated than being depleted and thirsty and dying.
- When should you drink your water?
This is up to what works for you. I personally suggest 8-10 Oz upon waking up, more so if you plan on working out as soon as you get up. For aiding in weight loss I like to drink at least a cup of water just before I plan to eat, so I don’t overeat. Drinking during the meal is fine however.
- How do you lose weight drinking water?
Besides making your body actually function properly, you can use drinking water as a natural appetite suppressant Preferably ice cold water. Hungry and it’s not time to eat yet? Probably just a signal from your body that it’s actually thirsty and not hungry. So this is one method to avoid over eating. Drink water instead of eating something when you’re not supposed to be eating. Don’t starve yourself by any means, if you’re eating every 2 to 3 hours and you’re hungry in between just drink something to take your mind off it.
Another way increasing your water intake helps you lose weight is by drinking it instead of a liquid calorie source. Ever notice how easily you can consume a can of Pepsi or Coke? or better yet one of those bottles? it’s often overlooked but one can; can easily be 150-200 calories depending on its size, and its well over 30 grams of sugar. If you’re pounding back can after can nightly, you’re earning yourself a one way trip to Diabetes and a major weight increase.
I highly recommend you cut back, and then cut out completely any form of soft drinks.
Trust me, I’ve been there. You’ll be really glad you followed that advice.
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