Does drinking water affect fat loss, why do we need to drink so much water, how much should we actually drink and how can we drink more water? All of these questions have been asked by clients in the past few weeks therefore I thought it was high time I wrote an article about drinking water.
Why We Need To Drink Water?
Every system in our body depends on water. Water flushes toxins out of vital organs and carries nutrients to our cells. The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat burning process. Our metabolism does not work as efficiently when we are dehydrated, our metabolism works more efficiently when we are hydrated. Burning calories creates toxins and water plays a vital role in flushing the toxins out of our body. Water helps maintain muscle tone by assisting muscles in their ability to contract, and it lubricates our joints, hence good hydration can help reduce joint and muscle soreness when we are exercising. Our healthy diet includes a good amount of fiber which is helpful to our digestive system, and keeps us feeling fuller for longer, however without adequate fluids it can cause constipation instead of helping to eliminate it. It is important to know that it is often difficult to tell the difference between feelings of hunger and feelings of thirst. Sometimes that gnawing feeling can be caused by dehydration. It is a good idea to reach for a glass of water rather than automatically going for a snack.
How Water Much Should We Drink?
There are many factors that influence the answer to this question, including our health, how often and how intensely we exercise, the climate we live in and if you are pregnant or breast feeding. I’m sure you have heard the 8 x 8 recommendation, which is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, this equates to about 2 litres. This is adequate for the average healthy person. On the days that we exercise we will need an extra couple of glasses, more if the activity is intense and we sweat a lot. All beverages will help to keep us hydrated however if we are striving to achieve fat loss, or are focused on a healthy lifestyle, water is our best source of hydration.
Tips For Drinking More Water
I read a funny post on Facebook lately it went something like this ‘The idea of drinking 8 glasses of water a day is inconceivable to many of us, yet we have no problem drinking 8 glasses of beer in a couple of hours on a Friday night’.
- Start the morning with a glass of boiled, cooled water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or a slice of lemon.
- Carry water with you were ever you go, at home from room to room, while driving, walking, at the gym or in work.
- Replace some tea and coffees with water
- Flavour water naturally with fresh lemon, lime, orange, cucumber or mint leaves.
- If you feel like drinking fruit juice, dilute it with water.
- Drink water with every meal.
- Look on each trip to the rest room as ‘moving more’, and part of your new active lifestyle.
- Replace fizzy drinks, sodas and sugary drinks with water or sparkling water.
- Buy a water filter and use it.
- Drink water while you are consuming alcohol. A good rule is glass for glass. You will end up drinking less alcohol and drinking water helps to prevent hangovers.
Does Drinking Water Affect Fat Loss?
Not only does drinking water affect fat loss it also has a contributing factor to achieveing Vera’s 5. FAT LOSS: Drinking water alone will not make us lose fat, but neglecting to drink enough water will inhibit our fat loss efforts. Water removes by-product of fat, reduces the feelings of hunger, raises the efficiency of our metabolism and it contain 0 calories. FITNESS: Water increases energy and relieves fatigue. As an added bonus our energy levels are boosted. We are more likely to have the energy and inclination to exercise when hydrated. STRENGTH Of BODY and MIND: Even a small amount of water loss can compromise strength, staying hydrated can help us to keep our strength and gain muscle overtime. Since our brain is made up mostly of water, drinking helps us to think focus and concentrate. WELL-BEING: Water boots our immune system, helps prevent headaches and prevents cramps and muscle pain. Water improves our skin complexion, it moisturizes our skin, keeps it fresh, soft and glowing. It helps to prevent and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. HAPPINESS: As long as we are hydrated our body is functioning at its best which promotes feelings of happiness.
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