Today we’re going to be talking about how to drink water to lose weight, the scientific benefits of drinking more water, and how much you should be drinking. We’ll also offer some final tips and tricks to help you get in more naturally.
Let’s point out the obvious:
Your body is made up of 65% h20 molecules (or water)…
The human body on average can survive 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water (1).
It’s the most abundant nutrient in the body, making it seems pretty obvious that getting in the right amount can benefit your health.
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In a study of overweight women, increasing one’s daily water intake over a 12 month period helped them lose an average of 4.4 pounds (2).
This was impressive because these women made no other alterations to their lives other than an increasing their water.
So drinking water naturally increases resting calorie burn.
In one study, 2 groups of dieters were separated. One group drinking water before meals and one not drinking water before meals.
The one’s who drank water before they ate lost 44% more weight than the group who did not (5).
Another study also showed that drinking water before breakfast reduced the amount of calories consumed during the meal by 13% (6).
Since water is free of calories, it is generally linked with reduced calorie intake.
Your muscles are about 80% water and not surprisingly, optimal hydration is key for lean muscle growth.
So getting in the right amount of water is key for being healthy as well as losing weight.
Our brain often confuses being hungry for being thirsty. So next time those midday cravings hit, try a glass of water before eating a snack. You’ll be surprised how often you’re not actually hungry and the brain is simply bored.
You’ve probably heard the saying of drink 8 cups of a water a day,
However, this number is completely random. It’s a good place to start, but water requirements depend entirely on the individual (13).
In most of the studies performed, people are drinking
8 glasses a day may be the perfect amount for some and too little for others.
A quick check to see how hydrated you are is to look at your urine as it should be mostly clear with a tinge or yellow and no real smell.
A strong yellow color indicates you’re not hydrated enough and need more.
Also be aware that drinking liquids like tea does count to your daily total.
Finally, if you’re still forgetting, set a reminder on your smart phone. You can do this yourself or use an app to keep track of your daily intake.
But of course, drinking tons of water isn’t the only piece you need for fast and effective weight loss.
There are 10 important scientific steps you must understand to get fast and consistent weight loss results. These basic steps are the sometimes surprising reasons why people struggle to lose weight.
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