Everyone knows that water is one of the most important elements in the human body… or at least they should. It makes up about 60 percent of the your body. Unfortunately, most people are not drinking enough water daily.
Did you know about all the health benefits of drinking H2O, from helping to speed up weight loss to younger looking skin?
Every single cell in your body needs water to function properly. If you're going to shed extra pounds -- no matter what weight loss plan you are on -- you'll never escape the recommendation to drink more water.
How can drinking water help you lose weight?
Let's look at it from a research point of view.
Here are five science-based benefits of drinking water for weight loss.
1) Water Has No Calories
Most dieters say that drinking lots of water is the best weight-loss strategy, as water is a naturally calorie-free, fat-free and cholesterol-free beverage. You can drink water and not have to count calories. If you don't like water because it is “tasteless,” you can add a slice of lemon or lime to your glass. Aside from the hydration benefits, the pectin contained in lemon lowers food cravings.
2) Water Boosts Your Metabolism
Every time you eat and drink, your body has to work to process whatever is being consumed. Scientifically speaking, drinking water has been proven to contribute to your body`s ability to burn calories.
You have to consume sufficient water to allow your body to function properly. It`s especially important (and necessary) during your fat-burning workouts. Researchers recommend drinking six eight-ounce glasses of water every day (or 1.5 liters), which allows an increase in daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.
3) Water Can Reduce Your Appetite
Did you know that when you feel hungry, you're actually just thirsty?
Our bodies tend to confuse hunger and thirst. Drinking a glass of water before a meal helps you know what you really want. If the feeling of hunger goes away after drinking water, say good-bye to the munchies! If you're really hungry, eat a snack afterward (though, you'll probably eat less food!).
4) Water Gives the Feeling of Fullness
Drinking water helps you feel full between meals. Water consumption can keep you from overeating by giving you the feeling of fullness. Recent studies show that if you drink a glass of water before going to social events (like sporting events or cocktail parties), the added hydration will prevent you from overeating from the unlimited, unhealthy snack food options.
5) Water Has Major Effects on Energy Levels
A well-hydrated body is a healthy body; it works well, looks good and is ready for efficient physical performance. Drinking enough water is especially important during exercise. Your performance can suffer, as dehydration negatively affects your athletic abilities.
Studies also show that hydration increases feelings of anxiety and fatigue. Researchers recommend consuming 17 ounces of water two hours before exercise and drinking water at regular intervals during your workout.
Water and weight loss are inseparable factors. To burn extra pounds, you have to drink water. Don’t forget about it!