If you only want to do one thing to help yourself lose weight and be more physically fit, then drink more water. That’s right, drink more water. Water is one of the most important substances your body needs. Water makes up approximately 50% of your body weight and is used in almost every chemical reaction that takes place in your body. Some of the health benefits of water include carrying nutrients throughout your body, washing out toxins and waste, and help to maintain body temperature and body pH.
Drinking water to lose weight helps to maintain proper kidney function, which in turn increases the efficiency of the liver’s fat burning ability. This happens because when the kidneys don’t have enough water to do their job, the liver takes up the slack thus reducing the time the liver can spend converting fat to energy. Studies have shown that a low daily water intake allows more fat to be deposited in your body instead of being metabolized into energy. So if you want a lower amount of fat deposited in your body, drink more water.
Water is also a natural appetite suppressant. It helps maintain a “full” feeling for a longer amount of time. One of the side effects of dehydration is a hungry feeling. If you’re feeling hungry, try drinking 8 oz. of cold water and wait 20 minutes. If you’re still hungry then it’s time to eat something.
Drinking more water also reduces bloating, or water retention. If your body is not getting enough water, it goes into a sort of survival mode. It begins to hold on to what water it does have, thus causing you to bloat. Water retention can cause up to 3 pounds of additional weight. Stay away from those water pills that dehydrate you even more. Drink more water!!
Drink water before you feel thirsty. When you have lost only 1% of your body weight because of water loss, you feel thirsty. When you lose 5%, you will feel tired, hot, and achy. A 10% body weight loss will lead to delirium and kidney failure. A 20% loss = death. Drinking water is important to your overall well being. Drink lots and lots of it!
You might be asking by now “How much water should I drink?” You should be drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day. Start with 8 then drink more if you can. Stay away from drinks containing caffeine because they will dehydrate you even more. One of my personal rules is that for every caffeinated drink I have, I must drink 2 glasses of water (beyond my 8 glasses) to re-hydrate myself. Stay near a bathroom when you do this. You will need frequent bathroom breaks!
I have found that keeping a bottle of water with me at all times helps me to drink the water I need each day. I also will fill large water bottles with the amount of water I need each day and put them on my table. It reminds me to keep drinking!