Five Ways Water Helps Weight Loss

What if I told you that the secret to healthy weight loss you have been missing is a glass of water, per day?

For the past five years, I have experimented with a range of diets seen online to find the one that suits me best and shows me the biggest changes in my body. If only somebody told me five years ago all I needed to do was drink more water.

Here are the five reasons water will help you lose weight;

1. Water Can Crave Your Appetite

Sometimes when you feel hungry what your body wants is water. Although I could not find any studies to verify the science behind this, a foolproof method is to try it out for yourself. I would not suggest replacing meals with water, though replacing a snack with a cold glass of water is likely to calm the crave and save you those extra calories.

2. Water helps you burn extra calories

A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism exploring the effects of water on metabolism rate found that a single 500ml glass of water increases the metabolism by as much as 30% within 30 minutes.

It is worth noting these increases in metabolism lasted a total of one hour. To fully utilise these findings, you should aim to stay hydrated consistently through the day by drinking water each hour.

3. Reduced fatigue

When trying to lose weight, you are going to need to be active, although this doesn’t mean super intense workouts it does mean keeping the body moving through the day. To many people, light exercise is tough and can become tiring very quickly. When your body is dehydrated the amount of energy reaching your muscles is reduced, and this creates fatigue within the muscle. Staying hydrated before, during, and after exercise can aid this fatigue and improve your ability to exercise for longer and continue the calorie burn.

4. Increased Energy

In the same way, water can reduce fatigue in muscles it can also improve your energy. Staying hydrated improves the delivery of energy to the muscles maximising performance. A drop as small as 3% in body weight due to dehydration can have significant consequences on our performance level.

5. All the other little things!

Ok so the following reasons are not related to weight loss, but they are so awesome they just had to be added! Water can do a few other awesome things to your body such as;

Improved complexion
Improved thinking
Reduce headaches
Clear toxins
Improve digestion

The verdict is in; water is awesome! Drink it often enough, and you’ll even grow to crave that first sip of a cold glass each morning to start your day.

Boschmann. M, et al. 2003. ‘Water-Induced Thermogenesis.’ Available at: https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article-lookup/doi/10.1210/jc.2003-030780 [Accessed 11th July 2017]

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