Drinking More Water Helps You Lose more Weight
Drink more water!
Every day we have clients come to us wanting to lose weight.
Many of these folks have big goals for a lifestyle overhaul. As much as we would like to say that we can simply exercise your way to total body composition change, we can’t. First, we must examine our nutrition.
When it comes to nutrition, it’s essential to consider everything we consume. What we eat directly affects our health and fitness goals. Additionally, you might overlook what you’re drinking and tend to focus on food only.
It is crucial to understand that food is only one component of a healthy diet. One of the first questions that we ask our clients is, “How much water are you drinking?” Frequently, the answer will be offhanded. “Oh plenty, I am never thirsty,” they will say. Or they’ll say something of the sort.
But, when we take a deep dive through tracking and food journaling, it’s not unusual to find many other beverages are being consumed. Soda, for example, or tea, coffee, or juice often ends up in their journal.
The conversation often, then, continues with, “But don’t those contain water?” The answer is “yes,” but oftentimes drinks also contain goal-negating additional ingredients, like sugar.
Why does this matter to weight loss? Well, let’s dig into the benefits of water consumption. And, let’s dig into some of the not-so-obvious reasons why drinking beverages other than water may derail your weight loss goals.
Water and Weight Loss
How Much Water Should You Drink Each Day?
You have probably heard the guidelines of 8 glasses of water a day. But, is that really how much water you should drink every day?
It is hard to make broad recommendations about water requirements. In truth, the amount required depends on the individual. Determining factors include: activity level, weight, geographic location, health status, and others.
You may need more fluid if you exercise regularly, work outside, or live in a hot climate.
With Slender You, drinking water is an essential aspect of the lifestyle!
We suggest tracking each day how much water you are drinking and then most probably increasing this level for weight loss.
How Does Water Help You Lose Weight?
Water does more than simply hydrate you.
Drinking more water is linked to reduced calorie intake and a lower risk of weight gain. Studies have shown “that an increase in water intake, i.e., increased hydration, leads to loss of body weight
Here’s how it can benefit those weight loss efforts:
- Water helps you feel full and satisfied, which may reduce overall caloric intake.
- You may be more thirsty than hungry, but have not built up the awareness of the difference yet. Drinking before eating may help decrease your appetite.
- Staying hydrated helps with gut motility, so you are not holding waste and have regular bowel movements. That’s not only healthy, but it means you’re not holding on to extra weight.
- Switching from calorie-laden beverages – soda, juice, etc – to water will reduce your calorie intake throughout the day.
- Being well hydrated may also increase your motivation by promoting wellbeing and clear-headedness.
- Water may also help reduce stress. Being stressed can contribute to making weight loss harder. We find that dehydration also increases your body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Strategies to Drink More Water
Strategy #1—Tracking Your Water Intake.
You can track your daily water intake if you know how much water you consume per container. Count the number of containers you finish each day and you can determine your weekly and monthly water intake.
Track in your your cell phone or in a journal
Strategy #2—Replace beverages with water.
Beverages like soda contain sugar and will increase your daily caloric intake. Consuming simple sugar beverages can be detrimental to your weight loss goals.
Sodas with artificial sweeteners have had similar effects on weight loss as their full-sugar counterparts.
So bottom line - Stop drinking Fizzy Drinks!!
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Strategy #4—Drink More Water Before Eating
Drinking before you eat can help reduce the amount you eat during a meal by making you feel fuller and more satisfied.
As mentioned, check in with your hunger cues. If you are sufficiently hydrated, you will find that you’re not as hungry as you would be otherwise.
Quench your thirst, then reassess your hunger needs.
All types of water (sparkling, still, tap, etc.) and high-water volume foods help you hydrate meaning all types of water can be beneficial for weight loss.
Water is calorie-free, helps your body run efficiently, promotes exercise performance, and may even suppress your appetite if consumed before meals.
The benefits of drinking water are even more significant when you replace sugary, artificially-sweetened, and caffeinated beverages with water. Doing so may also help you reduce your daily intake of calories and increase your consumption of nutrient, fiber, and water-dense foods—all of which will benefit your weight loss efforts.
Drinking more water is a great place to start building your healthier lifestyle, one habit at a time!