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  • Writer's pictureJessica Gerlock

5 Reasons Why Drinking Water May Help you Lose Weight

We hear it all the time that we should all be drinking more water and that water is really beneficial for you. It is true. The science is proven and there are countless benefits of water not just weight loss related. Other benefits of consuming more water can include helping regulate blood pressure, helping boost brainpower, improving your skin and many others. Drinking water will not specifically initiate weight loss, but it can be a very beneficial aid in the process. The following are 5 reasons why drinking water may help you with your weight loss process:

Removes Waste/Toxins

Water is a super important factor when it comes to flushing out toxins and waste from your system. Water helps flush waste and toxins from the body and without hydration the body would not be at optimal performance level. Water helps with your digestion and softens your stool and helps with regular bowel movements. Without proper hydration parts of your colon can dry out and eventually cause constipation and other problems. There are many ways water can help you remove waste and other toxins in your body which in then end will help continue with your weight loss process.

Necessary to Burn Fat/Calories

Drinking more water is one the easiest ways to turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Water is a key component of the whole process of metabolism which includes digestion, nutrient absorption and your body’s ability to burn fat for energy. Without water, the body can not properly metabolize carbohydrates or fat. If you want to be successful on your weight loss journey, start by making a small change and drink one more water. It is easy and the benefits are outstanding.

Natural Appetite Suppressant

When the stomach senses that it is full, it send signals to the brain to stop eating. Drinking water can help fill up your stomach without the calories, leading to the sense of the feeling full and reducing your hunger levels. Try drinking a bottle of water before a meal to help you fill your stomach and give you the sense of fullness. You will end up consuming less calories because your brain will think you are already full. Also thirst and dehydration can be confused for hunger so stay hydrated first.

Reduces Overall Liquid Calorie Intake

It is extremely easy to add up many empty calories by drinking your favourite sugary drinks including juice, pop and alcoholic beverages. A lot of people do not take into account how many extra calories they consume daily from empty liquid calories. These hidden calories can make a huge difference on your weight loss process. Try replacing or reducing your high caloric and/or diet drinks with water for weight loss benefits.

Important During Exercise

In every successful weight loss journey one of the most important components is regular exercise. Staying properly hydrated is crucial for you to achieve your fitness goals and helps reduce muscle soreness, fatigue and lowering your max heart rate. Staying hydrated and drinking water before, during and after your workout is key to get the most out of your gym session.

When it comes to the actual amount of water you need each day it can really depend on the individual and the amount is different for everyone. Factors including your diet, fitness level and some health conditions can effect how much water you need to achieve all the benefits. The type of water you drink is also very irrelevant when it comes to weight loss. If you prefer tap water vs. bottled water, or carbonated vs. still, you will still get the full benefits. As long as you stay hydrated daily and include drinking more water in your life, it can be very beneficial for accomplishing your weight loss goals.

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