To achieve the weight goal you’ve always wanted, sacrifices have to be made. In addition to exercising self-control and discipline to wake up each morning and pump your muscles, some food preferences need to stay on the shelves. And perhaps returning to the body’s basic needs is what you need to do more of.
It’s not fresh news to say that drinking water is so beneficial and helps you lose weight. But there are things in life where constant reminders are needed so they’ll be ingrained in our minds.
The importance of drinking water isn’t one to be undermined. In addition to being one of the most important elements present in the human body, H2O makes up about 60% of our bodies. Every single cell in your body requires water to help you function properly.
Water is necessary to burn fat
The process of metabolizing fat is called lipolysis. The first step of this process is hydrolysis, which occurs when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids.
The absence of water renders your body incapable of properly metabolizing stored fat or carbohydrates.
Drinking adequate amounts of water is essential for burning off far acquired from food and drink, as well as stored fat.
Water is a natural appetite suppressant
Medical News Today takes credit for this research, and let me quote what they advise:
“When the stomach senses that it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger.
“A person may also think that they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking.
“In a 2014 study, 50 overweight females drank 500 milliliters (mL) of water 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to their regular water consumption, for 8 consecutive weeks.
“The participants experienced a reduction in body weight, body fat, and body mass index. They also reported appetite suppression.”
Water helps reduce your liquid calorie intake
Exercise maximum self-control by abstaining from beverages rich in calories. They’re all over the market. The sodas, the juices, the shakes, the sweetened tea and coffee, the alcoholic beverages.
But if it’s really difficult to do and you’ve relegated to cutting down on sugary liquid intake little by little, then drinking plenty of water can surely help you.
This is because the water you drink aids in burning calories. A 2014 study showed 12 people who drank 500 mL of cold and room temperature water experienced an increase in energy expenditure. They burned 2-3% more calories than usual in the 90 minutes after drinking the water.
Furthermore, drinking cold water enhances water’s calorie-burning benefits. This is because the body expends energy [calories] by heating up water for digestion.
Water helps your muscles perform better
Any weight loss plan and workout schedule involves water.
Scientific studies show that workout performances have been known to suffer if the body doesn’t consume enough water during physical activity. This is because water helps muscles, connective tissues, and joints move correctly. Drinking water also helps your heart and lungs, as well as other organs, to work effectively as you pump your muscles during exercise.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of all though is reducing the risk of getting dehydrated during a high-speed workout. You also lower the chances of muscle cramps and fatigue.
It’s no surprise when your fitness consultant advises you to drink water before, during, and after exercise.
As numerous studies over the years have shown, water is more than just an effective weight loss mean. Besides helping you lose weight and keeping you hydrated during intense workouts, water helps your body in a myriad of ways too.
Water helps regulate your body temperature, keeps you from getting a hangover, and flushes the toxins from your kidneys. It also prevents and treats constipation and headaches. And many more.
Water has so many benefits that it’s impossible to list them all in one article. But seeing as it’s 100% calorie-free and very cheap too, I say why not?
Pass the water, please!