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The truth about water and weight loss?

“Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.” – Julia Child


All of us already know the importance of water in our life, but as Julia Child noted, it is always neglected. For instance, many dieters would concentrate on their caloric intake and choice of food, but they lack consideration towards hydration – specifically why it is important to drink it before meals.


Facts About Water and Weight Loss


Significant researches say that drinking water benefits those who want to lose weight. One study published in the National Library of Medicine stated that drinking 2 liters of water everyday (or about 8 cups) would increase your energy expenditure by about 95 calories.


This has led to more studies linking the effectivity of drinking half liters of water (17 ounces) to weight loss. That amount can already increase the calories you burn for about an hour, which may result to a significant weight loss. As a matter of fact, it can provide 44% weight loss as compared to when you do not drink water.


As for the importance of drinking water before meals, it has been shown in another study that it can significantly reduce meal intake especially in older adults. This age group (60 to 80 years old) are prone to overweight and obesity so it is now being considered if this pre-meal regimen can be a long-term solution to weight management.


Water and its Benefits


Water is practically calorie-free food and so taking 8 cups of it will not lead to weight gain. However, there is such a thing as water weight but with regular exercise, good hours of sleep, and healthy diet, you’ll be able to regulate your weight loss in just a few days.


Also, when you perform exercises, water can maintain the electrolyte balance in your body, regulate temperature and protect joints from injury. Other benefits include flushing out toxins from the bladder, preventing digestive problems, normalizing blood pressure and maintaining a stabilized heartbeat.


Drinking water is as easy as 1-2-3! You can even make it enjoyable by adding a squeeze or two of your favorite fruit. The important thing you need to remember is that every cell in your body needs to be hydrated in order for you to burn more calories and prevent stress and injury.


Now, ask yourself, how well did I hydrate today?



Source:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18589036/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14671205/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17228036/

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink