Weight loss is high on almost everybody’s priority list. But did you know that drinking lots of water is one of the most helpful things you can do to help you lose weight? According to Puget Sound Business online, “lots” is about “64 ounces daily for healthy adults.” If you live in a warm climate or exercise frequently and for extended periods of time, “you could need to drink more.”
First, water “helps flush poisons from the body.” And when you drink large quantities of water, you’ll “need to urinate more frequently, which is one of the ways your body releases waste products and toxins.” Also, the more hydrated you are, the more you help “your lower intestine move solid waste [more easily], which discharges still more poisons.
Drinking water can also alleviate problems with bloating. Typically, water retention occurs “because you aren’t drinking enough water, so your body [tries] to cling on to as much water as it can to preserve crucial bodily functions.” By drinking water, “your body starts releasing all that puffy bloat” and you start feeling—and looking—much slimmer.
Since burning fat is one of the major aims of weight loss, your body can do this much more efficiently when you are well-hydrated. This is because “your liver is the organ that consumes fat for fuel.” And when your liver has the water it needs to carry out its job, more fat gets burned.
Water also has one more weight loss benefit: “it decreases your appetite.” If you make it a point to drink at least 8 ounces of water before every meal, you’ll find that you’ll very likely “eat less than you usually would.” Better still, if you are craving food, drinking water can help satiate the hunger “and increase your energy.”
Whatever diet you choose to achieve your goals, make sure your weight loss plan includes drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Your body will thank you.
Originally posted 2011-11-30 15:29:00.