Have you wondered what’s been holding you back from finally reaching your weight goal? Maybe the answer doesn’t lie in counting how many calories you’re consuming each day or keeping up that rigorous workout routine. The missing component from your weight loss strategy might actually be water. Here are five reasons drinking water can help you lose weight.
1) It’s Impossible To Lose Weight When You Are Dehydrated
Our metabolism is the most important component to losing weight and when we are dehydrated our metabolism slows down— and not just a little bit. It’s been shown that drinking water before a meal increases our metabolism by thirty percent. We can work out and eat healthy all we want but if we aren’t intaking enough water, weight loss is a losing battle.
2) It Burns Calories
Recent studies have shown that drinking water can actually burn calories and that drinking cold water can burn even more calories. When we drink cold water our bodies use extra energy to bring the temperature of the water down to match the temperature of our body, thus burning a few extra calories in the process. In a study published by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, it was found that participants who drank 8 oz of cold water a day would burn around 7 calories per glass. This is a relatively effortless way to help meet your weight loss goal.
3) It Suppresses Your Appetite
If weight loss is something you’ve been pursuing for a while then I’m sure you’ve heard the advice to drink a glass of water or two before a meal. There are several health benefits to this, one being that water naturally helps suppress your appetite. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated. Next time you feel like you need a snack, try drinking a glass of water first and you may find that that was all you needed!
4) It Can Replace Sugary And Calorie Filled Drinks
We know that soda is bad for us because it’s filled with sugar and we know that sugar is no friend to weight loss, but did you know that alcohol breaks down into sugar when our bodies process it? On top of that, unlike water alcohol is known as an appetite stimulant— quite the opposite of an appetite suppressant. One of the simplest ways to go about changing your diet in a positive way is to choose water over beverages such as soda and alcohol.
5) It Helps You Get Rid Of Water Weight
We know this sounds confusing but drinking water can actually help your body shed water weight. When we are dehydrated our bodies store up extra water as a self defense method. Our bodies know when we need water, even when we don’t know it ourselves. Staying hydrated also aids our kidneys in ridding our bodies of extra sodium and water we are holding onto. This gets rid of bloated feeling which may just be the thing keeping us from our weight goal.