Wow! Summer is definitely here and it has brought the heat! We live in the desert, so most of us know how important it is to stay hydrated, but did you know drinking enough water can also help you lose weight? It’s true! All those late night infomercials and the Weight Loss Miracle drink is right in your tap! Who knew?
But seriously, our bodies are made up of up to 60% water. We need it to live and it turns out it’s pretty handy if you’re trying to lose weight. I’m sure you’ve heard the old “eight glasses a day” rule, but how much water you really need is a little more complicated and varies from person to person.
To figure out how much you should drink, divide your weight by 2/3 (.67). That will give you the number of liters you should aim for. If you’re exercising, add 12 oz for every 30 minutes you’re working out. It might seem like a lot of water at first, but if you need motivation, here are 4good reasons to keep refilling that water bottle.
1. It makes you feel full. This is kind of a no-brainer. Numerous studies have shown that people who drank before a meal, ate fewer calories at mealtimes and lost more weight than those who drank no water before a meal. Water is a natural appetite suppressant!
2. Drinking water revs up your metabolism. Your body needs water to function the way it’s supposed to. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys can’t work as efficiently so the body enlists the liver to help filter toxins. All the time the liver spends filtering toxins is time it is not spending metabolizing fats into energy. When you are well hydrated, your liver doesn’t have to bail out the kidneys and it’s free to help you burn stored fat.
3. Drinking water reduces food cravings. Dehydration is often misinterpreted as “hunger.” When you’re well hydrated, it’s easier for your body to distinguish between real hunger and thirst. Think of all the calories you can save yourself from by simply making sure your body has the water it needs to function properly!
4. It boosts your energy so you can work out better and longer. When you’re hydrated your joints are well lubricated, your muscles won’t cramp and you have more energy, which means you can work out longer and harder before you “hit a wall” of exhaustion. The more energy you have, the easier it will be to keep up with the workout schedule you want to keep to attain your fitness goals
If you’re trying to drop extra weight, staying hydrated is a simple way to keep your energy up and boost your metabolism. It’s cheap, easy and effective, so fill ‘er up and keep drinking that water!