Drinking water for weight loss is one of the best kept secrets in the diet world. Not only is it cheap and plentiful, but you can get it nearly anywhere. Here are some tips for making it work best for you.
Drink Cold Water to Boost Metabolism
Cold water can elevate your metabolism for up to 30 minutes after you drink it, as the body revs up to heat the water in your stomach to body temperature. Drink 6 to 8 glasses a day to stay hydrated (and more whenever you exercise).
Drink Before Meals for Appetite Suppression
Water is a great, cheap appetite suppressant. By drinking a glass just before meals, you take the edge off your hungry and make it easier to reduce your portion size at meal time.
Drink to Prevent Dehydration
Adequate hydration is crucial to boosting metabolism for weight loss and providing essential energy for exercise. Even if you’re only slightly dehydrated, your body can start to retain water in an effort to ensure proper fluids for brain and vital organ function. Retaining water can add weight as you work to lose it.
Drink to Reduce Calories
Replace your favorite sodas, fruit juices and sports drinks with water. It will keep you hydrated and help you burn calories, without adding empty calories to your diet.
Drink to Prevent Over-snacking
Hunger and thirst feel very similar to the human body and can tempt you to eat when you may just be thirsty. Instead of reaching for a snack when you think you’re hungry, grab a glass of cold water (and wait 20 minutes to see if the feeling passes). You’ll save calories and get the metabolism boost from the cold fluid.
Drink to Detox Your Body
When you exercise the body breaks down fat, through the liver, to provide the energy you need and promote weight loss. Adequate hydration promotes that process and helps rid the body of toxins efficiently.
Since our bodies are naturally at least 55% water, it’s no surprise that proper hydration is not just essential to body function, but it is also one of the most convenient diet tools you can use without even heading to the store!