Water – The Secret Weapon in Your Weight Loss Battle
Water is the Robin to your Batman when it comes to losing weight. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Drinking water helps reduce your calorie intake
You would be surprised how many calories you are drinking every single day. That soda you drank for lunch – 200 empty calories. That sports drink you had after your workout – 300 empty calories. With those two drinks, you’ve already consumed 500 calories and you haven’t eaten any food! Water has zero calories, so by substituting calorie-laden, sugary drinks with water, you can significantly reduce the amount of empty calories in your diet.
TIP – try adding fruit, herbs and vegetables to your water to mix things up a bit if you get bored!
2. Water helps stave off false hunger pangs
Often people mistake thirst for hunger, if you think you’re hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and then see if you still feel hungry. Since the hunger mechanism is stronger than thirst, keeping hydrated will eliminate a false feeling of hunger.
TIP – try not to get to the point where you feel thirsty, aim to drink water throughout the day from as soon as you wake up in the morning. Carry a water bottle with you to remind you to stay hydrated.
3. Water reduces the chance of injury
It can help reduce injuries when you’re training because water helps to keep your joints lubricated, so you’re less likely to have to take time out from training to recover. Training when you’re dehydrated can make you dizzy and lethargic, your muscles won’t work as well and you’re more likely to get cramps.
TIP – always keep water close by when you are exercising!
4. Water flushes out unwanted toxins
Water allows your kidneys to filter toxins and helps your cells take in nutrients and remove waste. If you don’t drink enough water, then you might be suffering from a buildup of toxins throughout your body—from your kidneys to your bloodstream—and the effect is most definitely compromising your immune system. More water = less chance of being ill and more get up and go!
TIP – sports drinks often market themselves on being a good source of electrolytes (a type of salt made of positively and negatively charged ions that are essential to keep our bodies functioning), but actually, drinking plenty of water coupled with a good diet will supply you with all the electrolytes you need. So don’t fall for it!
5. Drinking water helps you manage your meals
Studies have shown that drinking one or two glasses half an hour before a meal gives you time to feel fuller, helping you make better decisions about portion sizes and preventing you from overeating.
TIP – make a habit of drinking a glass of water before every meal, perhaps while cooking or as soon as you wake up.
Water holds no magical fat-burning properties, but it helps your weight loss efforts in a lot of different little ways every day. Staying hydrated is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. So embrace the H2O!
FitnessJockey has made a very comprehensive guide about drinking enough water for fitness purposes, and you can calculate easily how much water your body needs.
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