Hydration, Why it’s Important to Weight Loss

by kmstarry@gmail.com on June 17, 2015

Hydration, Why it's Important to Weight LossToday we are going to talk about hydration, and why it’s important to weight loss. You might not have realized that.

Are you struggling to lose weight? Have you hit a plateau in your weight-loss plan? One of the reasons may be quite simple. You may not be drinking enough water. Hydration is the key to weight loss.

Drinking Water Fills You Up

Did you know that one of the first signs you’re thirsty isn’t a dry mouth. One of the first signs of thirst is often a feeling of hunger. If you eat instead of drinking a glass of water, you’re taking in unnecessary calories. You’re also still going to be thirsty, which may lead to more eating unless you quench that thirst. So the next time you feel hunger, drink a glass of water and wait fifteen to twenty minutes.

Additionally, many nutritionists and diet coaches strongly recommend drinking a glass of water before meals. This helps ensure you’re fully hydrated and can digest your food well. It also helps you eat more slowly. Eating slowly helps you recognize the signals from your body when you’re full. And of course a glass of water will take up some room in your stomach so you’ll feel full faster.

Drinking Water Flushes Toxins

One of the reasons many people recommend drinking water is because it helps your body get rid of toxins. Your kidney and liver both work quite hard to remove toxins from your body. Ensuring they’re hydrated helps your cells manage that process more effectively and efficiently.

You want to get toxins out of your body as efficiently as possible. Too many stored in your body can affect your hormones, metabolism and other factors that influence weight gain and weight loss. In short, water helps your body flush out toxins that cause your body to store fat. Get rid of the toxins and you reduce the amount of fat you’re storing.

Eliminating Bloat

Finally, drinking water actually helps you look and feel less bloated. The less bloated you are, the skinnier you look and feel. Looking and feeling skinny helps you continue to make good food decisions.

Do You Really Have to Drink Water?

Water is far and away the best thing for you to drink. However, coffee and tea are also beneficial in moderate amounts. Alcohol and fruit juices are fine in small quantities but they don’t really do too much to improve your hydration, and in fact alcohol can actually hinder you hydration. Additionally, they can be loaded with calories which do not help weight loss. If you dislike water, consider drinking mineral water or waters with added flavors – not sugar.

Hydration is one of the keys to weight loss. Try to drink a glass of water before every snack and meal. Make sure to drink a glass when you feel hungry. You’re going to be surprised how much of a difference it really makes.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

When researching to write this article there was certainly no disagreement on the importance of hydration. But what there was disagreement on was how much is the right amount of water to drink daily. It appeared that they most common answer was half of your body weight in ounces. So for example, if you weigh 120 pounds you should be drinking about 60 ounces of water a day. There definitely are differing opinions on that so you may want to do your own research and determine the correct amount for you, but just make sure you are sufficiently hydrated. It’s important for a healthy body.

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