Is there a link between drinking water and weight loss? Yes there is, and it’s one that has been scientifically proven. Drinking water with or after food helps to bulk out our food, sending messages to the brain to say that we are full so we will eat less. Water also helps in aiding the absorption of vitamins and minerals in our food. For example, fat needs water in order to be broken down and used by the body. Water also helps to flush out the waste material in our bodies and thus helps keep us in optimum health.
So how much should you be drinking and when. You should aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day, more on hot days. You should be spreading your consumption throughout the day, don’t sit and drink 2 litres all at once! There is no need to drink bottled water unless you live in an area where your drinking water is unsafe, however, if you do prefer the bottled variety, steer clear of the flavoured ones. These products contain sweeteners which do not help with weight loss and may be carcinogenic.
A lack of water intake has negative effects on the body and on weight loss. If you do not drink sufficient water, you will feel lethargic, tried and confused. Your body may misinterpret your feelings of thirst as hunger and thus you can over eat. In fact by the time you feel thirsty your body is already starting to dehydrate hence why should drink regularly. You may find that initially you have to go to the bathroom more often but your body will soon adapt to the increased volume.
Drinking water on its own won’t win your weight loss battle completely, it merely aids it by stopping over eating. You will also need to make changes in other areas, including your diet and the level of exercise you undertake. You should aim to be doing at least twenty minutes of exercise per day. Walking 10,000 steps per day is one good way to get those calories shifted.
Any form of exercise is good for you so try to do something you enjoy. Get a group of friends together to play tennis or golf. Mixing socialising with exercise is a great way to increase your physical activity and helps keep you accountable for doing it by having a support network who are also doing it. Small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, standing instead of sitting down and getting off the bus/subway at the stop before yours also helps.
There is no point in drinking loads of water and taking exercise if you are still eating fast food every day. You need to retrain your palate and make your diet healthier. Do it gradually. Increase your consumption of fruit and vegetables, switch your white bread, white pasta and white rice to brown versions, eat whole grains and healthy fats such as nuts, seeds and avocado. Work on decreasing the amount of cakes, candy and bad fats you eat by crowding these out with water and healthier foods. Not only will you lose weight but your skin will thank you for it too.
The link between drinking water and weight loss will also help to give you glowing skin and you will soon become the envy of your friends when you show off your new slimmer figure and glowing skin at the next social occasion.