Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Benefits of Drinking Water to Lose Weight

The Benefits of Drinking Water to Lose Weight

What are The Benefits of Drinking Water? How does drinking water help you lose weight? Well, I hope to answer both of these questions and more.
There are so many health benefits to drinking water and the best part is that drinking water will help you lose weight as well. I am sure you have heard that if you drink water before you eat that will keep you from over eating. Well it is true, however, there is so much more to it than that especially if your trying to lose weight or even getting that six pack.

How Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight


I can understand why you might be wondering how does water help you lose weight? Other than drinking more water to help you eat less. Water does help you digest food and helps break down the fats.

In fact in December 2003, the journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reported their findings. That after drinking about 17 ounces of water the subjects both men and women showed an increase metabolic rate 30%. This increase started to occur within first 10 minutes of drinking water and maxed out within 30 to 40 minutes.

In this study it showed that the increased metabolism was able to break down and increased burning of fat fuel stored in the body.

The study does make sense, water does help body digest food and break down fats. By increasing your water intake before you eat plus exercising you will turn your body into a fat burning machine.

I personally try and drink two 8 ounce glasses of water before every meal. The main reason I do this is to help fill my belly so I go over eat. I used to have a big problem with not knowing when to stop eating this cause me to over the all time. At the time this article was written I've lost a little over six inches of body fat around my waste.  If I can do this you can too.

What are The health Benefits of Drinking Water

Let's first talk about how much water need?

The institute of medicine recommends for men should be about 3 liters of water a day which is about 102oz. For women about 2.2 liters just about 74oz. However, when working out you can easily lose 1 to 3 cups of water weight just from sweat. So, if your active and workout then you do need to drink more.

If you drinking 2 eight once glasses of water before every meal this clearly is not enough water so make sure you drink water throughout the day. This does mean you can drink coffee as this is mostly water plus you can get a lot of your water from your fruits and vegetables that you eat during lunch and dinner. I recommend that you just try and cut out the sugar drinks like soda and yes this means diet soda as well.

Effects of dehydration
  • Tiredness or  Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Migraines
  • Irregular blood pressure
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Risk of death
Symptoms of dehydration

Dark urine - If you have dark urine or strong smelling urine this is an indication you that could be dehydrated urine should be clear or very light yellow.

Dry skin - Yours skin is the largest organ on your body and requires quite a bit of water to from keep being dry and itchy.

Stop sweating - If you're working out or you're outside working and you stop sweating. Then this is a very important sign that your dehydrated. At this point you should stop what you're doing and get water immediately.

Hunger - Most people don't know this but when your dehydrated most people feel hungry. So, they eat when they should be drinking more water. A lot of people gain weight because of this, I know I did.

Fatigue - Water is a great source for an energy boost.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

  1. Lose Weight - When drinking water to lose weight along with eating healthy and exercising is one of the best ways to lose weight. When you lose weight in this way you don't ever need to worry about gaining it all back like you do when your on a fad diet.
  2. Healthier skin and looking younger - Drinking water for your skin helps keep it elastic and keeps it from getting dry. You will also notice less wrinkles when you drink your water.
  3. Constipation and better digestion - When you drink more water you are less likely to get constipated and your body will digest the food and burn the fats a lot easier.
  4. Better workouts - When your properly hydrated you will have more energy and you will be able to workout longer and lift heavier weights.
  5. Feel Better - Simply put, if you look great and you eat right and drink water you will feel better throughout the day!
  6. Fewer leg cramps and sprang's  - When your drinking water and exercising you will less likely get muscle cramps and have sprang's because you will be feeding your muscles what the need and that's water. Plus water will help lube the joints so your less likely to sprang your joints.
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