Drinking water as all of us know is important for our health or why else will nutritionists and dieticians across the globe stress on you drinking ‘a lot of water’. Water keeps our body hydrated besides performing critical functions. However, most don’t know that drinking it in ample amount can actually help in weight loss. Surprised, are you? Well, here is how water can help your burn calories and also prevent you from gaining pounds.
Drinking water before meals reduces appetite
According to a study published in the journal Obesity, researchers concluded that water is effective in helping a person lose weight. Water acts as an appetite suppressant and so if one has a glassful 30 minutes before a meal, one naturally ends up eating lesser food (which means lesser calories) and eventually very little weight gain. As you grow old you put on weight, so imagine how drinking water is keeping you away from gaining a few kilos every year. Weight loss of a kind, no?
Combats hunger pangs
When you are on a diet or trying to lose weight, water should become your best friend. Whenever you have a junk food craving satiate your appetite by drinking water. It makes you full and naturally your mind stops thinking about those pakoras and chips!
It gives your metabolic rate a boost
Drinking water actually boost up your metabolism which means your body’s ability to burn fat. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism . The researchers actually estimate that if a person ups his/her water consumption by 1.5 litres a day, he/she would burn 17,400 calories. However, according to an exercise physiologist and as read on WebMD, more studies will ned to be conducted to confirm this finding of a small study. Whichever the case be, we recommend you drink as much water as you can basis how physically active you are. Too much of anything is anyway bad.
Having revealed what water can do to aid your weight loss efforts, remember that you will still need to get your limbs moving. Work out. Do as much cardio as possible: run, swim, jog and cycle. Besides if you’re one of those who cannot make yourself drink water you can do the following:
- Load on green veggies that are high in water content. Have cucumber salad!
- Eat as many fruits as you can because they are water-rich.
- Replace calorie-high drinks with water by making interesting concoctions of fruits and water. ‘Dilute your tetrapack juices.
- Set timer on your clock or phone to remind yourself to drink water.
In the end, we’d like to say that just drink a healthy and optimum quantity of water. Many will recommend you to gulp 5-6l of water, but drink the amount your body asks for. Everyone’s water requirement is different because not all of us have a similar routine. Besides check your urine bowl. The colour of your urine is the best indicator of whether you should replenish your body with water or not.