Water and Weight Loss

Water Weight Loss

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It is recommended that you should drink eight, 8oz. glasses of water every day for successful weight loss. This works out to be half a gallon, or almost 2 liters of water a day.

 

How Water Helps with Weight Loss

Drinking water helps with many aspects of losing weight. Firstly, it is a calorie-free beverage, which makes it the best choice over anything else. Secondly, drinking a large glass of water can help curb food cravings and appetite. Finally, drinking water helps to keep your body hydrated, which is essential in maintaining a good metabolism.

 

Here are some ways water helps with weight loss:

  • Drinking a big glass of water whenever you feel hungry and before a meal or snack fills the stomach briefly and makes you feel fuller and stop eating sooner.
  • Breaking down body fat and body muscle during weight loss produces wastes that must be eliminated through the kidneys. Drinking enough water is important to keep the kidneys functioning to remove these wastes.
  • Popular high-protein diets produce more waste products from digestion, let alone from breaking down stored fat.
  • Kidney function is even more important when on a high-protein diet.
  • Drinking more water does not "flush fat."
  • If the dieter is drinking plain water, he/she is less likely to be drinking something with calories in it.

 

If you want an added benefit from water, drink cold water. Doing this will make your body have to work a bit to warm up the water and will burn a few extra calories.

 

Drinking Water and Your Metabolism

Drinking 500 mL of water (a half-liter or about a pint) increased the study participants’ metabolism briefly - for about a half hour. In that time they burned an extra 25 calories. That’s about a quarter of a piece of sliced bread, or 5 M&Ms. The researchers theorized that most of the effect comes from warming the water in the stomach. In the male participants the calories came mostly from stored fat, in the women it came from stored carbohydrates. The paper was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, December, 2003. It was conducted by researchers in Berlin.

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0 # RE: Rapunzel 2012-07-20 10:02
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0 # RE: Paplo 2012-05-05 00:47
water also helps because it stops you from being thirsty all the time ;)
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0 # water in many formsKraftyJo 2012-04-10 13:24
as long as you don’t add sugar, caffeine, artificial sweetener, or a lot of calories, there are a lot of ways that you can make your water more fancy when you’re sick of drinking it straight up.

Adding a touch of lemon or lime juice is a personal favorite, but you can also add some of dozens of different kinds of herbal teas! Hot or iced, they give you great flavor but they don’t add to your calories, fats, carbs, or anything else.

Some of them even have some health benefits to them. So if you’re sick of water, just change it a bit. Don’t stop drinking it!
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0 # water is a diet solutionMaggie 2012-03-25 04:17
Water is an appetite suppressant, a metabolism booster, and is a health supplement. Take it several times daily!
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0 # Your body is mostly water anywayJenny25 2011-12-20 03:09
Since your body is mostly water, there is no more natural ingredient for making sure that it runs at its best for any positive result than actually drinking water! ;)
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0 # hydration is your goalantoniojones1968 2011-12-20 02:54
The better hydrated you are, the faster you’ll lose weight, the better you’ll feel, the better you’ll look, and the healthier you’ll be overall.
That’s a good enough excuse for me to keep a glass of water next to me at all times.
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0 # there should be a water diettammy 2011-11-22 02:34
I think that with all of the diets out there, there should be one called the “water diet”. I don’t mean that you should only be allowed to drink water, but that it should give you healthy food, exercise, and then a lot of emphasis on water. You’ll digest better and you won’t feel as hungry on it
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0 # water lots of wayssuzieq 2011-11-20 04:13
If you don't like plain water, you can doctor it up to taste better, but just pay attention to what you put in there. A slice of a citrus fruit like lemon or lime is great, but so are some natural, herbal, caffeine-free teas. Just skip the products with chemicals, caffeine, sugars, and artificial sweeteners or you'll set yourself back.
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+1 # dump the soda and drink watertara 2011-11-16 04:00
If you want to lose weight with one easy tip, then stop drinking soda and drink water instead. In fact, for every glass of soda you’d usually drink, drink two glasses of water. You’ll feel less hungry, you’ll lose weight a lot faster, and even better is that while you enjoy all of those benefits, you’ll have better skin, too!
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+1 # Water is the key to weight losssarah 2011-11-10 03:51
Water is great for weight loss in so many ways. And the best part about it is that it’s practically free, it’s available everywhere, and it won’t stain your clothing if you spill, haha. It doesn’t just make you feel less hungry, but it also helps your body to digest better so that you won’t gain as much weight from the food that you eat. Plus, if you drink water, you won’t retain as much of it, so you’ll look slimmer!
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