Water is essential to life, and if you want to lose weight and get your health back, then you need to start focusing on drinking more water and staying hydrated. When you stay hydrated and drink more water it can have a significant impact on your weight. Below are four interesting ways water supports a healthy weight.
Replacement for unhealthy beverages.
Soda, sports drinks, juices, and alcohol are just some of the beverages that many of us consume often. Most drinks, in general, contain sugar making them less optimal choices for anyone aiming to control their weight. Water can be used as an alternative to unhealthy beverages – it hydrates without adding calories.
Water helps you feel full.
In one study, overweight women were asked to drink half a liter of water before each meal, every day for eight weeks. At the end of the study, researchers found that the women had lost weight and that their appetite scores had improved. The hypothesis is that water helps your digestive system recognize hunger signals, therefore preventing overeating.
Drinking water burns calories.
Intuitively, it makes sense that the body has to work to digest and process anything it consumes, including water. Scientists evaluated just how much energy it would take to digest water in one recent study. They found it takes about 23 calories to burn half a liter of water. There is some evidence that more energy would be needed if the water was cold, as it needs to be brought to body temperature before digestion.
Water helps you remove waste.
A major part of water’s role in the body is to shuttle waste products out of cells, through the blood, and out of the body via urine. Failure to consume enough water can lead to constipation or dehydration, as well as a buildup of waste products. The hypothesis is that the build-up of waste products can lead to bloating, which can make you feel heavier.
Water helps you burn fat.
Yet another hypothesis for the connection between hydration and weight loss is the relationship between water and lipolysis (or, breaking down of fat). Animal studies indicate that proper hydration leads to the burning of fat for fuel, instead of burning glucose for fuel. This seemingly simple difference in fuel source can play a role in weight gain.
Science highlights many different ways water can support weight loss. While there is certainly more room for detailed evidence on this subject, it is clear that water is the optimal beverage for all adults. Including water as a regular part of your daily intake should be a priority for everyone.
If you want to lose weight, staying hydrated is only one step you need to take. You should focus on staying hydrated and eating healthy. At Healthy Steps, we can help you figure out your nutrition so you can lose weight fast. Stop by one of our clinics today to learn more.