Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

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


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


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?


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


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


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! 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Increased Water Intake For Weight Loss

  1. I had a pretty good experiance with this method in the past! I can tell that it works but people cant except some miracles for just drinking water. I think that most important is nutrition and some exercise, of course that increased water consumtion can help us in weight loss but if we dont reduce food intake, its in vain.

    1. Yeah, I’d go along with that Daniel, but there are numerous ‘plans’ that allow you to eat A LOT of food and still lose weight – it’s all about the choice of food. Most people just struggle to eat healthy food, and that messes their diet efforts up! 

      Correct food and extra intake of water = results! 🙂

  2. Great post. Water is so important in our daily lives and especially for weight loss. I have never done the routine about weighing myself before and after, but that’s brilliant. And it makes sense. I find that when I do get hungry, I drink a glass a water and wait about 10 minutes. If I’m still hungry, than It’s probably true. There are many times that I think I am hungry, drink some water, and feel fine. I’m glad you backed that up in your post, it makes sense. 

    1. Yeah I’m the same JB. 

      More often than not it’s when I’m bored – I suddenly feel hungry because I have nothing else to do. We often tell ourselves we are hungry when we are not! 

  3. I always knew water had a lot of functions but I never thought one can actually take water to burn calories. This is the first time I am hearing about this and it just goes to show just how important water is to us.

    Taking in water to replace food has not really worked for me. Sure my belly would be filled up but that does not stop me from been hungry. I guess everyone is different.

    1. Yeah it’s important to remember that it doesn’t burn calories Jay, it simply keeps you from feeling as hungry as you normally do. It also washes out a lot of crap in our bodies that could relate to weight gain! 

  4. The water method does work.  Even if you replaced your snacking with a glass of water instead you will eventually see a difference.  I found the fact that if you increase your water intake that you can actually increase your calorie burn. 

    For those people who think that drinking water is too boring or tasteless, there are natural flavorings that you can add to the water to switch it up a bit.

  5. This article reinforces everything I have been learning for the last  year as I have been trying to lose weight because of a diabetes diagnosis.  I dont think I have ever in my entire 51 year life heard anyone say that water isnt good for us.  Now that it can be a catylist to weight loss everyone should be jumping on that band wagon.  Thank you for this great article.

  6. Very interesting article, I had no idea that hunger pangs could be a sign of thirst, it’s really good to know.  A few years ago I was eating right, exercising regularly, and drinking water in moderation, and it was amazing how great I felt.  Today I don’t usually have time to exercise and I eat once a day or twice if remember to. Comparing how I feel now to how I felt before is a huge difference.  I am desperately trying to find a gap in my busy life to start exercising regularly, because feeling tired and unenergized is no way to live. I recommend anyone who has the time to exercise regularly to do so and eat healthy and most importantly drink water in moderation, because it truly makes you a happy person in every way.

    -Dora

    1. It certainly does make a difference Dora. Could you maybe fit in 45 minutes of cardio first thing in the morning? Or is this also a busy time for you?

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