Water is Important for Weight Loss
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Most people are carrying a few more pounds on them than they would if they did drink enough water. Truth is that water and weight loss go hand in hand.
All the functions in our body require the presence of water. Being hydrated enables these functions to occur quickly and efficiently. All chemical processes involve energy metabolism and drinking plenty of water will make us feel more energetic and boost our metabolism.
Ever wonder what metabolism means?
Websters defines it as, "The process by which a substance is handled in the body." One type everyone is talking about it is fat metabolism. This is what our liver does when it converts stored fat to energy. The liver has other functions, but this is a main one.
Another of the liver's duties is to pick up the slack for the kidneys. If the kidneys are water-deprived because of dehydration , the liver has to do their work as well. It then can't metabolize fat as quickly or efficiently as it could when the kidneys were pulling their own weight. If you allow this to happen, not only are you being unfair to your liver, but you're also setting yourself up to store fat.
Water makes your metabolism burn calories up 30% faster!
Drinking quality water is very important for weight loss. Some studies have shown that thirst and hunger sensations are triggered together. If you are slightly dehydrated the thirst mechanism may be mistaken for hunger and you may eat when you are actually thirsty. If you do not drink enough water you may be subconsciously driven to eat more and gain the undesired effects of increased calorie consumption. Drinking more water can help to prevent overeating and benefit weight loss.
A reported in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Michael Boschmann, MD found, in this small study, that after drinking about 17 ounces of water, the subjects' metabolic rates, or the rate at which calories are burned, increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water being consumed and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.
The study also showed that the increase in metabolic rate differed in men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.
The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds. They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body's attempt to heat the ingested water.
Other research suggests that water will boost metabolism due to the fact that your body has to work at raising the temperature of the water consumed to match your core temperature. A study that had people drink 12 glasses per day had a higher metabolic rate than those who only drank four.
Water is an Appetite Suppressant
Reducing your cravings and appetite in order to lose weight is critical in your plan for successful weight loss. Using water to curb your appetite is the easiest and cheapest weight loss tip because it’s nearly free (just a few pennies per gallon) and easily obtained. Water is a natural appetite suppressant.
Downing two glasses of water before any meal can help you to lose nearly 7 pounds in a year. A Virginia Tech study found that people that did this consumed 75 fewer calories at their a.m meal than those who didn't.
"The water acted as a calorie-free appetizer," says study author Brenda M. Davy, Ph.D., R.D.
Doctor F. Batmanghelidj MD, says in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” that most times when you feel “hunger” your body is really asking for water – not food. So if you are hungry try drinking a nice tall glass of water first!
How Much do I need to drink for weight loss?
On an average daily basis, you tend to lose quite a lot of water through sweating, exhaling and urinating as well as what is used in the normal functions within your body. It is here that it becomes necessary to consume more water, so as to make up for the loss.
For the average person experts suggest getting at least 64 ounces of water daily or eight 8-ounce glasses at a minimum. Remember that this will ONLY replace what your body is using up every day. So the reality is you should be drinking more.
If you are on a diet to lose weight it is more important to consume more and keep drinking water throughout the day, unless you have any medical condition that doesn't allow it.
I use this guide for daily intake: Drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of your body weight. A 200 pound person should be drinking around 100 ounces (12.5 cups) of water in order the gain the benefits of increased energy and metabolism. Sounds like a lot, I know. But that is only one cup of water for each hour you are awake. Should I Drink Water or other beverages?
Pop, diet pop, coffee, tea, or alcohol do not replace water. It is true that they are a liquid but some, like coffee and alcohol, are a diuretic. They cause your body to get rid of water thus causing dehydration.
If you don't like the taste of plain water, try putting lemon, lime or an orange slice in your glass.
Should I drink my water hot or cold?
There has been some research to suggest that cold water may increase metabolism and other research saying it does nothing. I say drink it the way you like it. But just make sure it is contaminate free drinking water. If you drink all the water your body needs, you will quickly notice a decrease in your appetite, possibly even on the first day! If you're serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking uncontaminated clean water is an absolute must for weight loss.