Drinking water is great for so many things, one of which is losing weight! Studies show that people who drink two glasses of water 20-30 minutes before every meal lost weight more quickly and lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t. Those same people who drank water before meals ate 75 fewer calories at those meals. If you did this at lunch and dinner for a year (and changed nothing else!), you would lose 14.5 pounds over the year.
Drinking enough water also helps your metabolism running efficiently. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism can drop significantly. In one study, people who drank 17 oz. of water burned 30% more calories than when they didn’t drink the water. The raised metabolic rate lasted an average of 30 minutes.
Drinking enough water can help you eat less. It is very difficult for the body to differentiate hunger from thirst. When you feel hungry, try drinking 1-2 glasses of water first and wait 10 minutes. It is entirely likely that you were actually thirsty vs. hungry and will no longer need that snack!
Drinking enough water is important for kidney function. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys require assistance from your liver. One of your liver’s primary functions is to metabolize fat. So, if your liver is helping out your kidneys, your fat metabolism process is less productive.
Drinking enough water prevents retention of water. When you don’t drink enough water, your body thinks it is entering a period of drought. Consequently, it reacts by storing as much water as possible. This extra water leaves you bloated and causes you to gain weight. So, if you drink some margaritas on Saturday night without chugging a lot of extra water, chances are that you will wake up on Sunday having gained weight and feeling bloated.
Drinking enough water will energize you. The blood that flows through your body carries oxygen. This oxygen goes into our muscles and keeps them (and you!) energized. By drinking enough water, we maintain our blood volume. Water also helps decrease muscle soreness during exercise.
So, fill up that water bottle and be sure to get your 64 oz. of water each day! It will keep your metabolism running smoothly, help you eat less, and keep you energized throughout the day. All of which will help you with your weight loss efforts!