Not everyone likes water, but there are both health and diet benefits you’ll enjoy if you drink more water. Since our bodies are more than 55% water, proper hydration is key to optimal body function. Dehydration can impede weight loss, reduce health and energy, and leave the body vulnerable to illness and disease.
For those trying to lose weight, here are 7 good reasons to hydrate with water:
1. Water Increases Energy
Even if you are only slightly dehydrated, your body will suffer lower energy and reduced metabolic efficiency as it struggles to retain the water it needs. Monitor hydration during your workout, and maximize the burn!
2. Water Decreases Your Appetite
Both the thirst and hunger sensation feel similar to our bodies, often making you think you’re hungry when you not. Next time you think you’re hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 20-30 minutes to see if it passes. Or, try a glass before meals to prevent unhealthy snacking and meal-time overeating!
3. Water Helps Cut Your Daily Calories
Your favorite beverages (fruit juices, sodas, and sports drinks) can be loaded with calories. Focus on getting 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, and you’ll chop out some major calories, just by reducing those sugary drinks!
4. Water Reduces Water Retention and Keeps Impurities Moving Through Your Intestines
During exercise, your body breaks down fat for energy, promoting weight loss. Water helps your kidneys effectively eliminate the waste and toxins. So dehydrate while you work out, to prevent water retention. Keep the needed fluids for body processes like waste removal.
5. Water Temporarily Increases Metabolism
For up to 30 minutes after drinking a cool glass of water, the body springs into action to warm that water in the stomach to your body temperature. So you benefit from a slight metabolism boost, just from ingesting a healthy drink! Consume cold water throughout the day, and treat yourself to mini-metabolism boosts.
6. Water Prevents Headaches
Even slight dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue. Before taking a pain reliever, try a glass of water. Wait 15 to 20 minutes to see if the extra fluids help. Also, avoid caffeine which acts as a diuretic and will further dehydrate you.
7. Water Provides Nutrients
Although it may be surprising, water has nutrients that are essential for bodily processes and basic functions. It also helps your body transport the nutrients it gets from the food you eat to the organs and tissues in your body that need them.
In addition to these diet benefits, water also helps you reduce your caffeine intake and regulate your body temperature. So don’t just think about drinking water as a tasteless chore; add a twist of lemon or lime, and toast to your good health!