The simple act of drinking water may seem insufficient for weight loss. But, obviously, water is an indispensable liquid for survival, an elixir of life and health.
It is known that 2/3 of the human body consists of water. At the same time, our bones contain 22% of water, muscles and brain by 75%, human blood by 92%, and gastric juice by 99% consists of water.
H20 regulates the mass and temperature of our body, carries nutrients to cells and removes toxins and decay products from the body, protects internal organs, participates in the respiration process, dissolves mineral salts, helps the body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy. And this is only part of the functions performed by water. Drinking the optimal amount of water reduces pain in the back and joints, lowers blood cholesterol, helps normalize blood pressure and helps reduce weight. Water does not contain salts, so its excess is easily excreted from our body. Water is the most optimal solution to meet our body’s fluid needs. Without water, a person can live no more than 5-7 days.
The amount of water intake affects the rate of metabolic processes in the body. With its lack in the liver, the process of breaking down fats and converting them into energy slows down. As a result, excess fat accumulates in the body. When we lose weight, the body actively burns fats. At the same time, a large number of toxins are released, which must certainly be excreted from the body. For this we need a sufficient amount of water.
A deficiency of H20 in the body leads to a constant feeling of hunger
Which we often get rid of with the help of sweet, high-calorie foods. In fact, our body needs a sip of clean water. Preventing dehydration, our brain actively signals a lack of water, raising body temperature, causing thirst, headache and dizziness.
A person is recommended to drink an average of about 2-2,5 liters of water per day. In order to more accurately determine the required volume of fluid, it is necessary to take into account such factors as the level of physical activity, health status, complexion, climate, and others.
The lack of water in your diet slows down your efforts to lose weight
Even if you’ve already significantly improved your diet and increased your physical activity. Those already on a weight-loss plan may first want to take stock of your water intake; it could play a decisive part in your success. Drinking water can help to burn calories. Drinking cold water may further enhance water’s calorie-burning benefits, because the body expends energy, or calories, by heating up the water for digestion. Water helps to remove waste from the body. When the body is dehydrated, it cannot correctly remove waste as urine or feces. Water helps the kidneys to filter toxins and waste while the organ retains essential nutrients and electrolytes. When the body is dehydrated, the kidneys retain fluid. Dehydration can also result in hard or lumpy stools and constipation. Water keeps waste moving by softening or loosening hardened stools. Water also helps the body to recover from digestive problems, such as diarrhea and indigestion. When waste builds up in the body, people may feel bloated, swollen, and tired. Bloating can add inches to a person’s waist. Staying hydrated is a good way to avoid retaining waste, which may add a few extra pounds.
Water is necessary to burn fat
Water used for the body properly metabolize stored fat or carbohydrates. The process of metabolizing fat or lipolysis starts with hydrolysis when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids. Drinking enough water is necessary for burning fat from foods and drinks, and from stored fat.
Water is an important assistant to your workout
One of the most important components of any weight loss program is exercise. Water helps muscles, connective tissues, and joints to move correctly. It also helps the lungs, heart, and other organs to work efficiently as they increase activity during exercise. Hydration reduces the risk of muscle cramps and fatigue during exercise. Drink water before, during, and after exercise is very important to avoid dehydration. Keep water on hand! If you exercise in hot, humid or very sunny conditions, basically, you need to drink more water.
Drinking water allows reduce liquid calorie intake.
Moreover, water is a calorie-free alternative to energy drinks, juices. Avoid liquid calories from drinking soda, juice, sweetened beverages, coffee or tea. Most people ignore the fact that they consume amounts of calories within sports drinks or alcoholic beverages. By replacing even a part of high-calorie drinks with water or other no-calorie, beverages, such as herbal tea, may have long-term weight loss benefits. Add some lemon or natural flavor like berries and enjoy pure freshwater. Allow yourself to be naturally healthy and beautiful!
However, many do not drink enough water. Try to increase water intake. Drink one glass of water 15-30 minutes before each meal. Put a reusable water bottle in your bag. Drink more water during physical activity or workouts. Drink more water in warm, humid, or very sunny conditions. Keep a glass of water beside your bed. Add soups and liquid-rich meals, such as vegetables, fruits with high water contents, especially berries, grapes, melons, tomatoes, celery, cucumbers and lettuce, drink smoothies.
Staying fit and healthy is happiness and water can help a lot.