Nielsen survey results show that close to half of the world thinks they’re overweight. With this statistic in mind, it’s safe to assume there are millions of people looking to knock a few pounds off their total the next time they step on the scale.
While watching what we eat (dieting) and exercising are both extremely effective techniques, you may not be aware of the weight-loss benefits that can be realized by simply staying properly hydrated.
Here are ten reasons how you can (and why you should) drink water to lose weight:
Next time you’re hungry for a snack, try having a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes before you reach for your favorite bag of chips. Why? Because it’s pretty common for people to confuse hunger for thirst, as the same part of the brain controls the signals relating to the two.
University of Birmingham researchers recently published findings showing that “drinking 500ml of water at half an hour before eating main meals may help obese adults to lose weight.” As part of the experiment, researchers preloaded half the group of participants with water before their meals and saw they lost nearly 10 lbs. more on average over the course of 12 weeks than those that did not preload.
Drinking water regularly will reduce dehydration and keep you from reaching for caloric, sugary drinks like soda. If the taste of water gets a little “boring,” try adding some healthy flavor by infusing it with fruits.
Drinking more water means your body’s metabolic rate (how fast calories are burned) will be elevated. This is according to findings from the Endocrine Society, which determined that after drinking about 17 ounces of water, the metabolic rate of subjects increased by 30 percent within just 10 minutes, lasting about 30 to 40 minutes.
Next time you fill your cup with water, make sure it’s cold. You should do this because when your body ingests the water, it immediately tries to heat it up. As it works to heat the water, you will be burning calories without even realizing it.
When a door hinge becomes difficult to rotate, we typically grease it up. Your body can be thought of in a similar light, as drinking an adequate amount of water lubricates your joints and reduces the chance of muscle cramping. The result? You can get out there an exercise for longer periods of time.
When you’re dehydrated, your body is inclined to store the water it has to make sure your salt/water ratio remains balanced. As you drink water and provide your body with the fluid it needs, it will then release the extra fluids (water weight). While it may seem counterintuitive to drink water to lose water weight, it has been proven to have positive effects.
Pretty much any drink other than water has calories in it. While sports drinks and sodas may taste great, it’s important to remind yourself of this fact when you’re trying to shed some pounds.
There are many health benefits that stem from drinking water, and maintaining a healthy digestive system and colon sits firmly on the list. Drinking pure water allows dietary fiber to swell up and release regularly. Dehydration can cause constipation, resulting in temporary weight gain and potential health issues.
While we’ve focused mainly on drinking water to lose weight, it’s important to remember that eating foods that have a high water content (like fruits and vegetables) can help to provide your body with the water it needs and fill you up quicker.
These aren’t the only ways that drinking water can help you lose weight, but we believe they are some of the most influential factors. If you’d like to learn more about how much water you should be drinking throughout the day, view our blog post on how to stay hydrated.
September 7th, 2015
by Tanya Bellini