Monday, March 9, 2015

Can Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

I've heard the lots of people saying that you should drink water to lose weight. So I decided to do little study on this topic and here are my findings.

I don't think that water directly affects weight loss. However, I think water consumption is directly correlated with weight loss. Water does not have some magical property that burns fat, but it definitely can help you with your weight-loss efforts.

Staying hydrated could help you avoid overeating. A lot of people confuse thirst for hunger, so they'll tend to eat rather than drink water. Drinking a glass of water before your meal is good for controlling your appetite while drinking water with your meal will give you the feeling of fullness faster. Drinking water also means you're not drinking something else—such as sugary, caloric beverages or even potentially diet-breaking diet soda. You can drink as many glasses of water you want per day without worrying about calories. Water has 0 calories and is the most natural drink you can have.

Water retention occurs when the body retains excess fluids in the tissues in an amount above standard. In the fitness industry this is referred to as water weight and one of the ways to lose water weight is to drink the recommended amount of water per day.

That said, this doesn't mean that you should go around guzzling water nonstop to avoid dehydration. Water is a great accessory for weight loss. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and healthy weight in general. Hydration can curb hunger and boost your metabolism by up to 3 percent! Drink water until your pee looks like lemonade.

Increased water consumption, or replacement of energy-containing beverages with energy-free beverages, or consumption of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables with a lower energy density, may help in
weight management.

Tips for drinking more water:
  1. Track your daily intake – some people find it easier to drink the recommended amount of water per day when they track the number of glasses consumed.
  2. Add lemon or lime – Lemons or limes can add a bit of taste to the water. If you are tired of drinking plain water all the time try it with lemons or limes.
  3. Keep it fresh – Make sure that you have water bottles in your fridge all the time.
  4. Prefer water with your meals rather than any other beverage.
  5. Carry a small bottle of water with you at work and while exercising.
  6. Drink water every time you get a craving.

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