How Drinking Water Can Boost Your Weight Loss Results

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How Drinking Water Can Boost Your Weight Loss Results

We’ve all heard the old adage that drinking lots of water can help you to lose weight faster. ‘The more you drink, the more you shrink’, right? Let’s take a look at how it all works.

How does drinking water help you lose weight?

Drinking water can boost weight loss results in a number of ways, mainly through potentially increasing your metabolism, cleansing your body of excess waste and acting as a bit of an appetite suppressant. Drinking more water will also encourage your body to retain less water compared to when it’s dehydrated. This can help you to drop water weight and get rid of that dreaded bloated feeling. Drinking water and staying hydrated is also known to boost energy levels and maintain clear skin.

How to use water for weight loss

Have a glass right before you eat

Water fills up your stomach, and therefore works as an appetite suppressor. Drinking water before you eat a meal can actually result in an average reduction of 75 calories per meal, which is awesome if weight loss is your ultimate goal [1].

Reach for the water instead of the calorie-filled drinks

Sugar-filled choices could potentially be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. It’s easy to consume excess calories from beverages and not really factor them into our daily intake. Next time you’re thirsty, switch out the soda for a couple of glasses of water instead and see whether your cravings disappear.

Drink to remove excess waste from your body

If your body is dehydrated, it’s not able to correctly or effectively remove waste [2]. Making sure you’re adequately hydrated helps your kidneys filter out toxins and other junk from your body, and also encourages them to retain nutrients and electrolytes (the good stuff).

If your body isn’t removing waste effectively then it can build up in your intestines, causing you to feel bloated, sore, swollen or tired. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water to support your body’s digestion process.

How much water should you be drinking?

Based on the average weight of men and women, the current daily recommended water intake is 2.6 litres for men and 2.1 litres for women. However, this depends heavily on your age, weight, height, and if you’re pregnant [3].

How can I tell if I’m drinking enough water?

The best way to tell whether or not you’re getting enough water is to pay attention when you use the loo. It’s likely if you’re not heading to the bathroom every 3 to 4 hours, that you’re likely dehydrated and should consider upping your water intake.

For more tips when it comes to managing weight loss and leading your healthiest life, visit our blog.

[1] Gaiam

[2] Medical News Today

[3] ABC

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