Drinking water for weight loss is the last thing most people think about. What foods to eat and what exercises to do are what come first in most people’s minds. Even if you have a little bit of tummy fat, it can be just what you need to drink more water, and it would be gone!
Most people don’t drink enough water, and most people are also toting around a little bit of extra weight. Is this just a coincidence? Not at all. Not drinking sufficient water is probably the exact reason that those last few pounds to lose are always the most stubborn.
One of the jobs that the liver does is to turn fat into energy. Another role that the liver has is to help out the kidneys if they can’t do their job correctly. Your organs need lots and lots of water to work the way they should. When you don’t drink enough water the kidneys can’t function properly, so the liver has to help them out. When the liver has to help the organs out it doesn’t do its job of turning fat into energy; it stores the fat.
The benefits of drinking water and weight loss are well researched. Not only will you help to flush out the toxins in your gut you will also notice a difference in the quality of your skin and perhaps even your bowel habits. By adding more clean, fresh water to a natural and healthy eating plan, you will turbo-charge your efforts to lose some weight.
When making the change from caffeinated and sugar-laden beverages to water, your body isn’t used to it, so it seems to run right through your body. It may look as though you are continually making a trip to the bathroom. It is so important to stick to it though. It took me several attempts and several weeks to make the switch and stick to it. It does get better though. At first, your body is trying to detox itself so it uses all of the water that it can to rid itself of unwanted, built up, garbage. After the detoxing gets less, the water can do other things like hydrate your skin.
Just by drinking lots of water, you may notice that you are losing some weight. For quite some time now, your body has been storing water around your hips, thighs, belly and other various places. When it gets enough water, it lets the water go that it has been saving because it doesn’t feel that it needs a “back up” supply. It will take your body a while to get accustomed to a constant amount of water, but when it does, it will stop storing it all together.
Caffeine is a very common thing found in beverages. People rely on coffee and energy drinks when they feel like they need more energy. The reason they feel like they need more energy probably has to do with their state of dehydration. Drinking something with caffeine in it may seem like the right choice at first because of the initial boost. In reality, the caffeine will do more to dehydrate you because caffeine is a diuretic. The caffeine will make the kidneys work harder, that is why people will say they need to use the bathroom a lot when they drink coffee. Also remember, when the kidneys work harder, the liver can’t do its job of turning fat into energy, so it gets stored. In the long run, drinking water for weight loss is as important as drinking water for health.
Also, some factors have to be taken into consideration when determining the daily amount of water that needs to be consumed for optimal weight loss, proper digestive function, and provision of extra energy. Some of these factors include your exercise and fitness level; temperature of the environment, whether cold or hot; your diet, whether it is high in fruits that have high water content; your body size and fat composition; and if you have an exceptional condition such as a kidney problem, diarrhea or fever.
The recommended amount of water to drink is about eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and which is considered by most dietitians and nutritionists to be a reasonable starting point. However, to achieve significant weight loss considering the points mentioned above, it is highly recommended to drink about 250ml of water per 10 kilograms of body weight per day. There is also the recommendation of merely aiming to drink between 1.5 to 2.0 liters of water per day.
For drinking enough water daily, it is best to try spacing out the intake over the course of your regular day. However, you will need to give yourself some time to adjust to the regimen because when you increase your daily water intake, the hypersensitivity of the bladder to increased body fluids will make you start frequenting the bathroom as your body begins to flush out its stored water content.
Once this can be developed as a routine, and your body gets to its breakthrough point and stops flushing out its stored water, drinking this amount of water become second nature.
Although it is a fact that you may get water by drinking fruit juice or soft drinks, and either tea or coffee, there is equally the fact that they contain substances such as simple sugars and caffeine.
Apart from the fact that most beverages contain extra calories that need to be factored into your overall daily calorie consumption, there is also the problem of most of these beverages making you lose your taste for water. Consequently, if you intend to use water as a means of achieving permanent weight loss, then it is recommended to use pure “plain” water!
In summary, drinking an adequate amount of water will help you to suppress your appetite, increase your energy levels and also boost your metabolism and fat burning capability. Taking into cognizance the fact that water has absolutely no calories, you can now better appreciate why it should become an integral part of any sensible weight loss initiative.