Want to know a secret weight loss weapon? Hang on because I am going to tell you what one thing you can do each day to help you lose weight then maintain your weight. DRINK WATER. That’s it you say? Yes. Simply drinking water each day is not only important to how our body functions but it also helps you first lose weight, then keep it off.
Many of us drink anything and everything BUT water. I like my coffee just like the next person but I limit myself to a cup or two in the morning because it acts like a diuretic which causes our bodies to get rid of the water. During the day, I continually refill my water jug to ensure I’m getting the water my body needs. Our bodies contain up to 60% water and when your water intake does not equal what goes out, dehydration occurs. Water loss increases with exercise which is why it is important to take water to the gym or on your run especially as we head into the warmer months.
The benefits of drinking water are many but here are a few that might get you to indulge in my water habit with me:
- Our bodies needs water to burn calories. When we do not get enough water and become hydrated, the fat burning process is slowed.
- Drinking water helps control the calories we consume. When we choose water over a soft drink, we save many calories that we can use for real food. I also find when I do not drink enough water, I am more tempted to snack on things I shouldn’t because my body is confusing dehydration for hunger.
- Water helps energize us. When our muscles do not receive enough water, it can result in fatigue or feeling tired. Being dehydrated also causes issues with our blood by reducing the blood volume. When the blood volume is reduced, the oxygen supply to our muscles and cells is reduced also causing us to feel tired.
- Most diets include fiber but without water to help process the fiber in our digestive system, you could become constipated. In addition, drinking water with your meals may help you to feel fuller sooner so you don’t overeat.
- Water helps to keep your joints lubricated plus your skin looking young and supple. I know first hand by looking at the skin on my arm if I have not drunk enough water throughout the day. My skin looks kind of wrinkly.
The next question is how much water do we need to drink? There are so many opinions as to what is the right amount. I’ve heard anything from eight, 8 ounce glasses to half your body weight in ounces. For example if you weigh 150 pounds, you should try to consume 75 ounces of water throughout the day. It’s easy for me because I do not consume anything BUT water as my beverage after my cup of coffee in the morning.
What do you do if you are not used to drinking water? The best thing to do is to start slowly as this will be a lifestyle change for you and you don’t want to give up because it’s very important to make sure you get enough water. Try replacing one drink during the day that with a glass of water. For example, if you have 3 cups of coffee in the morning, replace one cup with water. Or if you always have diet soda at lunch, switch it to water.
Ease into this new habit so that it is as natural to grab a glass of water as it is used to be to grab coffee or soda.
To your health,