Water and Weight Loss
Water — The Weight Loss Miracle!
There are a billion good reasons why you should immediately start consuming 8-10 10oz glasses per day (that’s between 2-3 liters a day for those of you familiar with the metric system).
The most important reason?
Adequate water consumption really provides the foundation for any good weight loss program… no matter what that program is! It’s probably the most-overlooked and underrated weight loss strategy there is!
And what’s the best part?
It’s cheap, safe, readily available, delicious, and totally free of side-effects. Perfect – no need to spend big dollars on moderately-effective supplements!
So why is water consumption the foundation of a good weight loss program?
Actually, water consumption is a lot more than that, it’s the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It’s pivotal in a variety of critical bodily processes like…
- Regulating body temperature
- Lubricating the joints
- Nutrient transportation
- Removal of various waste materials from the body
- Ensuring proper digestion
- Maintaining healthy skin tone
And as far as benefits pertaining directly to weight loss?
Water maintains and encourages proper kidney function, which increases the efficiency of the liver’s fat burning ability.
It also acts as an appetite suppressant- people on diets who do not increase their water intake are generally much hungrier than those who do!
- Water intake reduces water retention.
If your body is deprived of water, it is more likely to hold onto what little it has. On the other hand, increasing your water intake will cause your body to stop hoarding its limited supplies.
It’s not unheard of for people to lose 3-4 lbs. of weight shortly after increasing their water intake.
Water helps the body function at its most optimal level, which means its much easier to burn unwanted fat.
This does not mean pop, juice, tea, coffee, diet pop, or anything else you can thing of.
Tea and coffee contain caffeine, which has a dehydrating effect, pop and juices are full of sugar, and diet pops are full of chemical sweeteners which may prove to be hazardous to your health.
Water… just plain old H2O.
With that said, why isn’t everybody drinking enough?
Some people don’t like the taste. Others are afraid they’ll be fired from their jobs if they need to use the washroom every 20 minutes. There are all kinds of reasons.
However, if you make a concerted effort to get through 2 of those 1.5 liter (50 oz) bottles a day for the next 3-4 days, you will feel substantially better.
Unless you are currently taking in that much water, there’s a 99.9% chance that you are dehydrated.
Because most of us have never been fully hydrated, we don’t recognize that how we feel right now, at this minute is a result of water deprivation — after all, we’ve felt this way for years, right?
If you make an effort to drink those two bottles a day for a minimum of 3-5 days, you will notice an amazing difference, especially if you stop abruptly after those few days.
Tips: How to Drink Your 80-100 oz of Water Daily!
First off — this seems like a lot, but it isn’t really if you are organized, and start early in the day.
Every evening, make sure you’ve got a couple of bottles ready to go. Luke warm water is much easier to drink.
It’s easier to consume your daily allotment if you drink it directly out of the bottle, and not from a glass because you not getting so much air in.
Make sure your daily allotment is readily at hand. Like everything else, prepare for your success!
If you’d like a nice long uninterrupted night’s sleep, gradually drop off your consumption in the evening.
Sip away at your water like you would anything else. Forget about how much you have to drink, just drink!