Research is finding that those people who regularly drink water before eating lose more weight and keep it off better than those who didn’t. Let’s talk about how water helps you lose weight, or burn fat to be more precise.
When it comes to losing fat water is a key factor, in addition to exercise and a healthy diet. Start the day off right with a big glass of cold water to help your body rehydrate after a long night sleep.
Drinking Water to Lose Weight
Try drinking two 8 ounce cups of water immediately before eating your meal to help curb your appetite. In addition to the benefits of keeping the weight off you are ensuring your body stays well hydrated which will aid everything from energy to digestion.
Water makes you feel full and is free of calories. As water takes up space in your stomach you’ll eat less. Reducing feelings of hunger, which commonly are mistaken for actual dehydration, and giving you more energy to workout. The added health benefits of drinking water are amazing.
If you aren’t drinking enough your body is likely to confuse you by suggesting you are hungry. Since most foods contain some water your body is just trying to get the water it needs to function.
DID YOU KNOW? When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Drink water all day long.
Replace sugary drinks withe water. Soft drinks, sodas and other high sugared drinks are high in calories. These are filler calories that aren’t benefiting your body. Remember water is calorie-free!
Water boosts your metabolism. To burn fat and calories it’s up to your metabolism. Your muscle is the source of your metabolism and muscle consists of 75% water.
How much water should I drink?
There is no definitive answer as each person’s body and lifestyle are different. The recommended 8 glasses of water a day is not the best estimate. Instead use the following calculation:
Body Weight (in pounds) / 2 = amount of water (in ounces) to drink daily
The average woman (over 20 years old) in the United States weighs 164.7 pounds. By the math she would be recommended to drink 82.35 ounces of water daily. That would be about roughly 10 glasses of water assuming the glass is equal to 1 cup (8 ounces).
The average man (over 20 years old) in the United States weighs 194.7 pounds. The calculation would suggest he drink 97.35 ounces of water every day. Again, if a glass is equal to 8 ounces, or 1 cup, he would drink about 12 glasses of water daily.
It’s best to spread your water intake throughout the day for the best results. It’s easier to drink cold water than room temperature water. And you can always add a squeeze of lemon for flavor.
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