Want an easy way to improve your health and lose a little weight? Well it doesn’t get any easier than this… drink water, and drink lots of it.
Our bodies are made up of somewhere between 55% and 75% water (depending on age and gender), so it goes without saying that there is a huge importance of drinking water to maintain one’s proper health… we need to consume plenty of water to keep our bodies functioning properly.
So how is water going to help you lose weight? Well, water helps to flush out the by-products of fat breakdown. If you’re trying to lose weight and you’re not hydrated properly, your body won’t be able to dilute waste products and expel them from your body as effectively and as quickly as possible. Am I saying you’re going to lose 20 pounds instantly from drinking plenty of water? Of course not… it’s just part of the overall equation (diet and exercise) in losing weight and keeping fit.
So how much water should you be drinking daily? Ideally 2 liters or so. And that’s 2 liters of WATER, not Coca cola or coffee or tea etc… and especially not alcohol. All of the above are diuretics, i.e. diuretics side effects cause your body to EXPEL water, rather than to absorb it (caffeine does so in coffee and tea, and alcohol does so in alcoholic drinks).
Now yes, you are still getting water, which is the main ingredient in each of those drinks, but the amount of water you expel due to their diuretics side effects greatly reduces the amount of water your body actually gets from the water content.
There’s debate over whether diuretics side effects caused by alcohol or caffeine would actually make you expel more water than you absorb, or whether the amount of water in each drink is more than you expel than the diuretic effect. The consensus seems to be though that results will vary from person to person. Some may expel very little water due to caffeine or alcohol, while some may expel quite a bit.
Anyway, I’m going on a tangent here. Regardless, pure water is always the best thing to drink. Above aiding weight loss, lack of proper hydration is also proven to cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and muscle spasms. If you suffer from any of the above, try increasing your daily intake of water.
Want nice looking “plump”, healthy skin? Want to keep it that way as you age? Again… the importance of drinking water… and lots of it. This is one celebrity “secret” that is used to keep skin looking great.
Additionally, water can act as an effective appetite suppressant. Don’t mistake being thirsty for being hungry. Next time you’re feeling hungry, take a drink of water and see if you’re feeling fuller. If so, then you don’t need to eat immediately… if not, then yes, you probably need to eat.
I’ve experienced this on a personal level many times. I feel quite hungry, and simply take a big drink, and my cravings are gone almost instantly. This also seems to be true WHILE eating. I could eat a large meal without drinking anything during the meal, and still be hungry… but as soon as I drink a big glass of something, I’m basically full. I think the liquid also helps to fill the stomach as well as to hydrate you.
I’ll often also be quite thirsty without even knowing it… regardless of hunger. I’ll start drinking a glass of water of dinner, and will drink like three full glasses of water and still want more. But if the water wasn’t there in the first place, I wouldn’t be drinking it because I wasn’t thirsty. So just because you don’t FEEL thirsty, doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need more water.
Article by Z Med Weight Loss Clinic