What is the biggest obstacle to weight loss? This is probably the most popular question being asked by people interested in dieting. There are many challenges to losing weight, but I think water is the primary key to having success with shedding those extra pounds. Unfortunately, many people do not drink enough water!
Many people do not understand the vital role water plays in a diet. So it is imperative to mention that water is essential to maintaining weight, gaining weight, and losing weight. We cannot survive without water, but why is water so important to the human body? Well, there are many critical reasons why water and the human body have a special relationship. In this article, we will look at the reasons why water can help you lose weight and nourish your life force.
Were you aware that your body is composed of 60-70% of water? And so it is no surprise that water helps your body function properly throughout the entire day.
Here are the benefits of staying hydrated:
Helps the body to digest food – You will not get the full benefits of nutrients from your meals if you don’t drink enough water. Some physicians and health experts believe that everyone should drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily.
Helps eliminate waste from the kidneys and bowel – Your kidneys will be overworked and you will get constipated if you don’t drink enough water.
Controls body temperature – You will compromise the evaporation process if you don’t drink enough water. The evaporation process helps keep your body cool.
Your blood is 92% water – Your blood travels throughout your entire body. As your blood travels, it distributes important nutrients.
Body secretions and digestive juices – Your body secretions and digestive juices are composed of water.
Should you focus on drinking water when you want to lose weight?
Intensive medical studies show that water is a natural appetite suppressant. Therefore it is important for you to keep this fact in mind while dieting. It will be difficult for you to control your appetite if you fail to drink an adequate amount of water daily. Your brain cannot tell the difference between hunger and thirst. Hunger pains indicate that you are not supplying your body with enough water. So taking heed to this point will help you reach your weight loss goal.
How do I know if I am drinking enough water each day?
Well, this is not a difficult question to answer. As I stated earlier, physicians and health experts believe that the human body needs six to eight glasses of water every day.
How should you drink six to eight glasses of water per day?
You should focus on being consistent. You will not get good results if you drink too much water in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The water will simply pass through you.
Do you enjoy the pure taste of water? If you do, you should consider filling an empty one liter container with water. Take it to work and drink through it twice before clocking out. And the water can be cold or it can be at room temperature. It is your choice!
Some people feel that a water diet will help them lose weight faster. So, here is a program that can help anyone stay hydrated throughout the entire day.
- Your body loses water (via breathing and perspiration) while you are asleep. This is why you are thirsty when you wake up in the morning. Hence, drink a large glass of water after waking up. You can put a slice of lemon or lime in your glass of water. A lemon or a lime will add flavor to your water.
- Drink another tall glass of water or a cup of herbal while having breakfast. Both options will help you get off to a great start.
- Mid morning – Chew on a piece of fruit. Watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, and an orange will help prepare your body for a long day. Dash a small amount of herbal aloe juice on your fruit. Herbal aloe juices will sooth your digestive system while dieting.
- Lunch – Yes, you can have lunch if you are on a weight loss program. Try having a bowl of soup or a glass of water before eating your lunch. Hey, don’t forget about herbal tea. Herbal tea is another healthy option that should not be underestimated.
- Mid afternoon – Drink a tall glass of water and eat fresh crunchy vegetables while preparing your meal. Celery or carrots are two exceptional choices for your light mid-afternoon snack.
- Evening – Add a dash of your favorite fruit juice to your glass of water before your meal. The fruit juice will add a delicious flavor to your water.
- After dinner – Drink another glass of water before going to bed.
Changes you will notice
It is worth mentioning that you will notice a few changes when you start your water program. For example, you may have to spend a little more money when you go to the supermarket. Why? Your body has to get used to being well-hydrated.
You will start to feel better and look better when you start drinking a sufficient amount of water each day. Your skin tone will improve and your muscles will function better. Water can also reduce hunger pains, lower constipation, and increase your energy level.
It’s now time for us to get to the exciting part. Drinking water throughout the day will prompt your body to store less water. As a result, you will begin to lose weight. This is why it’s important for you to drink six to eight glass of water a day while dieting.
How will you know if you are not drinking enough water? This is a critical question because many of us have deprived our body of water for years. Our body gets used to functioning without an adequate amount of water. This is why it can be hard for us to recognize the true symptoms of thirst.
Here are the symptoms of thirst:
Headaches – Water eliminates toxins from your body. Your brain is 75% water. You are bound to have headaches if you are dehydrated.
Constipation – Your body will use water to handle more essential functions. Your stools will become hard. Being constipated is not a pleasant experience!
Poor concentration and fatigue – Your energy level will be low if your body cannot eliminate the toxins. Your body will divert energy to deal with the toxins if it is depleted of water. It will be difficult for you to have a productive day.
Lower urine output or dark urine – Your kidneys need a daily fresh supply of water to filter waste products out of the blood. Your urine will become darker if you’re not drinking enough water.
Skin – Your skin should snap back instantly when it is pinched. If it doesn’t, you are not drinking enough water.
Foul breath – If you are not drinking enough water, the food particles will settle in your mouth. Bacteria will build-up in your mouth and you will have foul breath.
Sodas, sweet tea, and coffee are notorious for depleting the body of water. You should be leery of caffeinated drinks. Cutting back on them will help you stay healthy. For instance, you need to drink two glasses of water to counter the effects that a cup of coffee will have on your body. If you need something sweet to drink, herbal teas are a healthier option.
Dieting is the key to weight loss. It will be extremely difficult for you to lose weight if you are not drinking six to eight glasses of water daily. Taking heed to the points in this article will put you in position to see positive results from your diet.
Did you know there was so much to water?
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