What's the Skinny Behind Water Consumption and Weight Loss?
Let's take a look at this hot topic!! There seems to be a lot of hype about water consumption and weight loss. Headlines often claim that drinking ridiculous amounts of water will help you lose weight. But what is the true skinny behind water consumption and weight loss?
Lack of Water
For the most part, the body is composed of 60 percent water. And when your body loses water it also loses weight, but only temporarily. The instant you consume liquids, your body absorbs the water and regains the weight. So when you drink plenty of water your body will not try and reabsorb the loss of liquids.
Loss of water can also be harmful to your health. In fact, water weight loss causes dehydration, and trust me, being dehydrated in NOT the business! Plus, when your body is dehydrated, basic metabolic processes can become dysfunctional. For example, when your body is dehydrated it will store water in the tissues, which can cause excessive bloating. And over time, your body may gain weight because it cannot burn fat proficiently. This is because dehydration can considerably lower your metabolism. In a worst case scenario, your body will resort to taking water from your blood which can drastically reduce blood pressure to dangerous levels.
How Drinking Water Helps You Lose Weight
Dehydration can cause you to feel tired and fatigued. And all too often people misidentify their hunger when their body actually requires water. This in turn encourages overeating and weight gain. Generally, drinking a glass of water will restore hydration and drastically decrease untrue hunger pangs.
Water also suppresses your appetite, plus prevents fluid retention. Additionally, drinking water on a daily basis may help your body burn stored fat. When you are dehydrated your liver will assist the kidneys in getting rid of toxins. But when you are hydrated, the liver is not overloaded and will be able to metabolize stored fat more effectively. Likewise, drinking water removes toxins from your body and prevents constipation.
Water May Help Regulate Calories
Drinking plenty of water can curb the appetite and make you feel full. In which case, you end up consuming fewer calories and prevent overeating. In addition, by substituting water for high calorie beverages, you drastically reduce calorie consumption. Eating foods higher in water content may also help you lose weight. Water rich foods are more filling, take more time to chew and are absorbed more slowly by the body. Foods that are high in water include fruits, vegetables, broths, legumes and oatmeal.
How much Water Should You Drink Daily?
As with calories, the amount of water you should drink on a daily basis depends on the individual. Nonetheless, most healthcare specialists recommend that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. That is equal to a half gallon or 2 liters. Other health experts feel that you should drink water continuously throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty. Furthermore, you can calculate how much water you need by your weight and activity level.
Weight: Multiply your weight by 2/3 or 67 percent. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds then multiply 150 by 2/3 or 67 percent. The amount of recommended daily water intake would be 100 ounces or 12 ½ cups.
Activity Level: The recommended ounces need to be adjusted according to your activity level. This is because your body expels water when you sweat. Add 12 ounces of water to your daily consumption for every 30 minutes of exercise. Therefore, if you exercise 1 hour a day then add 24 ounces or 3 cups.
All in all, you can never drink too much water!! The hype about it is true indeed!!
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