Water & Weight Loss: Sip, Sip, Hooray!
What if we told you there was a drink that can magically flush away your fat?
There is – and it is readily available. In fact, it covers 75 percent of the earth.
This “magic” drink is water and the more you drink the better your ability to lose weight. It’s a fact.
NOTE: This approach won’t work if you’re stuffing yourself with unhealthy foods. But, if you plan a healthy diet and you drink the optimal amount of water per day, you will lose more weight than if your body is in a constant state of dehydration.
You may think that filling up on water will make you bloated, but the opposite is true. You need more water to flush out salt and other real culprits of your puffiness!
Here are some of the many ways that drinking water is important for weight loss:
When you start to lose weight due to fitness and dietary changes, that initial scale movement is usually water loss. You need to drink more water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
A healthy diet involves eating a lot of fiber. When you bulk up your fiber intake without adding more water, you basically create glue. You will be miserably constipated – so drink up!
It helps the burn
When you’re trying to lose excess fat from your frame, you need a steady supply of water to help the calorie burn. If you’re dehydrated, your fat stores will also burn more slowly.
You need water to help your muscles contract. Adequate water intake will help to prevent muscle soreness while you’re working out.
Fill ‘er up!
Sometimes when you think you’re hungry between meals, you might actually be thirsty. Drinking a glass of water will let you know if it’s really food you need, or if the water will do. It’s tough for your body to determine if it’s thirsty or hungry – the signal it sends for hunger is very similar to the one it uses for thirst.
Your body needs water to help all of the chemical reactions in your body run smoothly.
When you burn calories, you end up with toxins floating around your body. Water helps to flush those out.
So, how much water do you need to drink?
The amount of water you need isn’t quite as simple as the “eight glasses per day” prescription that we hear time and again. It all depends on how much you weigh, how active you are, how many water-dense fruits and vegetables you eat, and what sort of environment you live in.
But, as a general rule, you should drink an ounce of water for each pound you weigh. Every day.
So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 150 ounces of water per day. If you’re very active, drink more. If you live in a drier climate, drink even more!
A good way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is to check your urine. If you’re well hydrated, your urine will be clear and will have very little odor. Dark urine with a strong smell indicates that you are dehydrated.
Tips to increase water intake
So how do you find time to get in that much water? First of all, don’t drink it all at once or you’ll float away! Try to drink water in smaller amounts all through the day.
Before you reach for a coffee or eat your breakfast in the morning, have a couple of glasses (preferably big ones) of water. Then, drink a big glass of water before lunch and another glass of water after. Drink some through the afternoon, before dinner and again after dinner.
It’s a good idea to get all that water in before bedtime or you might have an uncomfortable night’s sleep and repeat trips to the bathroom!
John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.