Trying to Lose Weight? Drink More Water

News and Advice, Weight Loss
on June 27, 2011

Water is the primary ingredient in every system within the human body. This is the fluid that keeps your major organs — including the skin — healthy and clear of toxins. Without adequate water, the body cannot function as it was designed to do. Blood serum doesn’t get replenished and therefore doesn’t allow the body to flush polluted fluids out through the urinary system. Food doesn’t get digested and waste isn’t eliminated properly. The list goes on, but the message is always the same — you need water or water-containing fluid, and lots of it.

How water helps cut calories. A large portion of the human body is water, so adequate consumption of fluids every day is essential for overall health. That said, many fluids people choose are high-calorie juices, soft drinks and flavored coffee drinks. According to Clemson University, “Water is thirst quenching, contains no calories, fat, cholesterol, or caffeine, and is low in sodium.” In other words, it is the perfect solution to your daily fluid needs in order to achieve or maintain your goal weight. You won’t add empty calories into your diet, and the body gets exactly what it needs to function properly.

The benefits of cold water. Cold water is a favorite on a hot, sunny day or after a high-impact workout, but it may also help curb your appetite as well. With sufficient blood supply to the stomach, food is quickly digested and the stomach left empty. Especially if you’re used to the “stuffed” feeling after consuming overly large portions, this may leave you feeling the urge to eat more. Ice cold water helps slow the circulation to the stomach, slowing the digestion process, as well as reducing your appetite.

Water as a filler. The stomach is able to hold much more food than is healthy for a person to eat at one time, and so many people are given to overeating. Drinking a couple of glasses of water before a meal, as well as enjoying an additional glass of water during the meal, will help fill your stomach and leave less room for potentially high-calorie food. In addition, mild dehydration often sends the same signals to the brain as hunger does, so some of your hunger feelings may actually be linked to a need for water. By drinking more water, you eliminate these false hunger alarms while making sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy.