Drinking water and weight loss go hand in hand
The human body is made up of more than 60% water. We are like machines and our fuel is primarily water. Yes, of course, we also need to eat food with nutrients in order to survive.
Water is the key element of our health since our vitality level is enormously influenced by the sum of water we drink. When you are dehydrated, you suffer from energy loss. Dehydration can even lead to death in some cases.
Throughout the years, studies have shown a correlation between Water and weight loss. Whether we like it or not, water is an important part of our lives. We depend on it for our survival.
Importance of water
- Water helps us regulate our body temperature
- Necessary for breathing as we take in oxygen & discharge CO2. Our lungs need the moist of water to function properly
- Can reduce asthma attacks when water intake is increased
- Facilitate the kidney’s work of removing waste
- Lubricates our joints
- Clearer skin and healthier skin
- Dehydration can lead to chronic fatigue and depression
Why you should drink water instead of other beverages
Some people are struggling to drink water because, they say, it does not have a taste. If you drink other beverages, you are technically still drinking water. Yes, that’s true. It is one of the many excuses that people find to justify their bad habits.
However, there is a big contrast between drinking plain WATER, pure and unaltered and drinking those refreshments that contain water and other stuff.
Let’s not talk about soft drinks because you and I, we know it is not healthy at all. We can mention fruit juice, coffee, tea and etc. Those beverages can contain substances that are not necessarily healthy.
Chemical products need to be added in order to add the shelf life of the product. Well, they also contain a lot of sugar. Caffeinated drinks fortify the adrenal organs and drain your body of essential water. That means coffee actually dehydrates your body.
Sometimes we drink our coffee or tea with sugar and milk depending on how many time we are taking it per day, it adds a lot and unnecessary calories.
How drinking water helps you with weight loss
Here’s an example of a well-structured infographic from healthline article about how drinking water can impact your weight loss journey.
How much water should we be drinking?
Someone who is not an active person who weight 160 lbs needs ½ an ounce of water per pound of body.
For a day, he should be drinking 10 glasses of water (8 oz per glass.) If you exceed your ideal weight, you should be drinking another 8 ounces glass for every 25 additional pounds.
An athletic or active person needs 2/3 ounces per pound, which is equivalent to 14 glasses of water per day for an individual who weighs 160 lbs. You get the gist now, if you weigh more, you need to add more water.
Here are a couple of tips to help you drink more Water:
Keep a supply of water containers full in the fridge
When you have water available at home, you feel more inclined to drink. Try to always have water by your side when you wake up, when you eat and on the go. You will feel more satiated and therefore eat smaller portions of food.
Have a big jug of water when going out
Sometimes we feel hungry, but we are just thirsty and we mix those feelings up. If after drinking water, you are still feeling hungry then eat.
When you properly hydrate your body, your digestive system will be on point so that you will process your food efficiently. Try finishing the jug of water by the end of the day.
Have a rule when drinking a cup of coffee
When you wake up and you get your first coffee/cup of tea, try drinking twice the amount of water and make it a habit. You are putting the hydration back in your body. Try limiting your self to only, one cup of coffee per day.
Set an internal timer to remind yourself to drink, don’t wait to feel thirsty.
If you do it as a routine, it will become a habit. You can set some reminders on your phone to motivate yourself to drink more. Having a big bottle and putting timers on it also works.
Check out this one that I found:
Now I want to challenge you to try these tips for a whole week. Please be sure to comment and give us some of your own tips that you use to trick yourself into drinking more water. Don’t be stingy and share them with us. Let’s be healthy together.