There are many well documented benefits of drinking water, from helping our digestions, circulation, energising our muscles to maintaining younger looking skin. This should come as no surprise as water makes up about 60% of our bodies and all our cells need water to function properly. What is perhaps surprising is that drinking more water can help us lose weight
Here are 5 ways in which water helps us lose weight:
1. Drinking water raises the calories you burn at rest
Drinking water has been found to increase the amount of calories you burn at rest by 24–30% and can last for up to an hour or more. In one of a number of studies conducted at the Universitary Medicine Berlin, Germany This was found to result in a 2 kg (4.4 lbs) weight loss (8) after 12 months in a study at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, California, In This study overweight women increased their daily water intake by a 1 litre (34 oz). These results are very impressive Since these women didn’t make any lifestyle changes except to drink more water,.Additionally, both of these studies indicate that drinking 0.5 litres (17 oz) of water results in an extra 23 calories burned. On a yearly basis, that sums up to roughly 17,000 calories — or over 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of fat. Several other studies have monitored overweight people who drank 1-1.5 litres (34–50 oz) of water daily for a few weeks. They found a significant reduction in weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and body fat (8, 9, 10).These results may be even more significant when the water is cold. When you drink cold water, your body uses extra calories to warm the water up to body temperature.
2. Water acts as an appetite suppressant
Drinking water before meals can make you feel fuller, therefore reducing the amount of food you eat.
“Increased water consumption is an effective weight loss strategy,” according to Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author on a randomized controlled trial into the benefits of increased water consumption
“We found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.” In further studies, drinking water before meals was found to result in an average reduction in 75 calories consumed per meal – which could mean ingest 27,000 fewer calories per year.
3. Drinking water helps reduce your intake of sugar & sweeteners
Popular alternatives such as drinks containing sugars or artificial sweeteners – both of which are harmful to the gut, packed with sodium, preservatives, fake sugars and artificial colors, all of which negatively affect weight loss and our gut health.
4. Drinking water makes you go to the bathroom more
Why is this good? Well for those of us whose job involves sitting at desk for hours at a time – getting up and moving around at regular intervals is very important. A Study at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, California found that Sitting down for more than three hours a day can cut a person’s life expectancy by two years, even if he or she is physically active. Getting up regularly helps raise our metabolism as well as being important for our health and well being.
5. Water Helps Your Muscles and your athletic performance.
Drinking water keeps your muscles and joints lubricated, preventing you from getting cramps. If you don’t drink enough water during physical activity, your performance can suffer – which results in reduce your effort or cutting short your work out. As little as a 2% loss of fluids can have a noticeable affect on your athletic abilities. If you’re exercising and sweating, make sure you drink plenty of water. Not convinced that water can really help with weight loss? Give up sugary drinks and drink 5 litres of water a day for a few weeks and see the difference.