WATER AND WEIGHT LOSS – IS THERE A CONNECTION?

Though it sounds too simple to be true, there are several reasons why drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day can help you release excess weight. This week I want to share some info and tips with you regarding Water, the most vital nutrient for humans.

How water helps with weight loss

When you are well hydrated, your organs are able to perform more optimally. This allows your metabolism to speed up, which means you’ll burn calories more quickly. Even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism.

Natural waste is produced in your body each day from basic functions such as breathing and digesting food. Getting rid of these toxins can be helpful for weight loss, because toxins are stored in fat cells. Water is a great way to flush toxins out of your body.
When you are dehydrated, the blood volume in your body is reduced. Decreased blood volume levels results in lower energy levels, which makes it difficult for you to stay active.
By drinking more water, you’ll naturally end up drinking fewer high-calorie, sugary drinks.

By drinking more water, you may notice you become less hungry.

Did you know that 75% of the American population is chronically dehydrated? And in 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
By simply drinking more water, you may notice that you become less hungry.
One glass of water ended midnight hunger pangs for 
almost 100% of the dieters participating in a University 
of Washington study.

Brenda Davy, Ph.D., completed a research study at Virginia Tech, and found that drinking water before meals can help you to lose weight and keep it off. In her study, the subjects that drank water before meals lost an average of 4 pounds more than the group that did not drink water before meals.
To supercharge your weight loss, make sure that your water is cold instead of room temperature. Cold water causes thermogenesis, which increases the expenditure of energy and helps you to burn fat faster. Researchers found that your metabolism is boosted within 10 minutes of drinking cold water, and those benefits can remain for at least 30 or 40 minutes.

How Much Water Do You Need Each Day?

A simple rule of thumb is to calculate your water intake based on your weight. Simply divide your total weight in half and drink that number in ounces each day.
So, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should be drinking 75 ounces of water per day. This number will likely need to be increased if you are in a hot environment, or if you have higher levels of physical activity. Also, pregnant and breastfeeding women often need to drink more water.
You can monitor your water intake based on the color of your urine. If your urine is bright yellow, then it means that you need to drink more water. If it is a pale yellow color, then you are probably getting enough water each day. Keep in mind that there are other factors that can impact your urine color, such as certain supplements, vitamins, and medications.

Making Your Water Tasty

If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy drinking water, then you might consider adding other ingredients to give your glass of water a slight flavor. You can flavor your water with natural ingredients, such as lemon, lime, orange, cucumber, mint leaves, strawberry slices, or pineapple chunks. My favorite is brewing passionfruit tea.
If you want it a little sweeter, try adding a bit of liquid stevia, which is a tasty, non-calorie herbal sweetener. Stevia is very sweet, so 6-8 drops is usually enough to sweeten one glass of water or tea.

I find that if I keep water with me at all times I drink throughout the day. 

How much water do you drink per day? Let me know in the comments?

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Alessia xx

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