People always look for the easiest way to take on their expanding waistline, and to be honest with you, I’m no different at the end of the day!
I like running…but I also hate it at the same time.
I love seeing the weight slip off my bones when I’m exercising…but some mornings I really can’t be arsed to get out of bed and get my body moving!
Sometimes exercise is not even an option for some people – what then?
Well, today we are going to look at increased water intake for weight loss – does this form of weight loss work and if so…why aren’t more people trying it out???
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Why is Drinking Water Good For Weight Loss?
When all is said and done – ‘calories in versus calories out’ is still a VERY real thing when it comes to weight loss (so please don’t think this article is going to be the ‘magic bullet’ for your dieting problems!).
But, how much water you drink plays a huge role in determining what side of that equation you come out on.
Why is this?
Let’s take a closer look…
#1 REAL POWER FOR YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE
Working out when you are dehydrated is a waste of everyone’s time…well…a waste of your time (more specifically!).
Your workout/exercise will be half-cooked from the off and your fat loss will suffer as a result.
It’s worth noting that you never really feel that thirsty until your body gets rid of about 2% of it’s water content – unfortunately this is the usually the exact same point where your energy for working out takes a fall.
Therefore it is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of water before you go for a run, hit the gym, swim, whatever!
On top of this you should be looking at another eight ounces of water every half hour during your sweat session.
It is possible to check that you are getting enough water for your workout by simply weighing yourself before (and then after) your chosen exercise.
If your ‘after exercise weigh’ is 2% (or more) less than your ‘before exercise weigh’ – you ain’t drinking enough to handle the exercise routine!
#2 A GREAT BOOST FOR YOUR METABOLISM
Every time you consume food or have a drink, your body needs to work to process it – in a nutshell – it has to burn calories.
This process is known by the term ‘diet-induced thermogenesis‘ – a bit of a mouthful really!
Research points to the fact that increasing your water intake by 1.5 liters every day could increase your daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.
#3 ARE YOU REALLY THAT HUNGRY?
I’m pretty sure that 99% of you reading this article have already come across the claim that water can fill you up, killing off hunger pangs in the process.
Well that never really worked for me – water can control your hunger in a much more efficient way anyhow…
Water has a rather unique way of finding out exactly how hungry you are – it pinpoints your REAL hunger level.
Did you know that a majority of the feelings we get when we’re hungry also raise their head when we are really thirsty?
That empty feeling of a gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness can be linked directly to a lack of water intake.
So when you feel hungry, you can simply drink approximately 16 ounces of water to see what effect it has. Are you still hungry or do you feel a little more satisfied in the hunger department?
#4 WATER GIVES YOU EXTRA ENERGY
When you have energy coursing through your veins your workout will always be a good one – you are going to absolutely smash it!
Not only that, energy actually helps you get your ass in gear and get up from that sofa in the first place!
Water makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body and keeps your cells firing. This means that it supplies your aching muscles with oxygen and nutrients and also manages to keep your brain focused.
Remember – a focused brain is essential for a successful weight loss regime!
#5 WATER KEEPS THE ‘NASTY’ DRINKS AT BAY
This is the real ‘biggie’ for me and my weight loss efforts – water manages to replace all of those nasty drinks that pile empty calories into your body.
Time and time again I hear people state that “Oh but water is so boring – I couldn’t drink it all day long…”
Absolute rubbish – you just need the willpower to get used to it (like anything new in life).
It’s a known fact that drinking more water will actually get rid of those ‘soda thoughts’, and eventually put you off the idea of going for that tin of Coke.
Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss
Now it’s over to you – what are your thoughts on increased water intake for weight loss?
We would love to hear your experiences with this form of weight loss in the comment section below.
Stay Healthy! 🙂