water for weight loss

Why Water Is Crucial To Your Weight Loss Plan

KEY 2 – DRINK WATER TO OPTIMIZE YOU HYDRATION LEVELS

Drinking water plays a key role in dieting. If you ever find
yourself stuck in a weight loss plateau despite following
your diet program strictly, then it could be that you are
not drinking enough water. Studies have shown that a lot
people unsuspectingly suffer from severe or mild
dehydration and you could be affected as well.

Your body requires water for various biochemical
processes.

The following are the benefits of drinking
enough water to your body when dieting:

  • Water assists the body in the conversion of fat reserves
    into energy. When the body is dehydrated, the body’s
    metabolism processes are slowed down and this impedes
    the breakdown of fats in the body, and in effect, your
    weight loss. If this happens, your weight loss curve hits a
    plateau.
  • Water holds naturally holds back your appetite. The
    hypothalamus region in your brain serves the role of
    controlling cravings and appetites, with the control
    centers for thirst and hunger situated next to one
    another. This means that drinking enough not only
    quenches your thirst, but it takes away the feelings of
    hunger as well. A study by Washington University found
    that drinking a glass of water before going to bed reduces
    mid-night cravings.
  • Water also helps in the prevention of sagging skin which
    is a common side effect of weight loss. It gives the skin a
    healthier and youthful look by helping in the
    reconstruction of destroyed skin cells.
  • Water assists in the elimination of waste products from
    the body. When dieting, the body loses weight and there
    are extra by products to be removed. This means that the
    body requires sufficient amounts of water into which the
    unwanted products will be dissolved and excreted from
    the body.
  • Water is effective in dealing with constipation. If the body
    does not get enough water, it is compelled to siphon it
    from its internal reserves, normally the colon, resulting
    into constipation. Normal bowel function will resume once
    the body receives adequate water.

In general, mild dehydration leads to a number of health
complications. Mild dehydration is characterized by the
following symptoms: fatigue, cravings, headaches and
constipation. However, as soon as you get the water in
balance, you achieve what diet experts refer to as a
breakthrough point. At this point, as fluid retention in the
body eases, the liver and endocrine systems start to
operate more effectively, helping to reinstate your natural
thirst, while reducing your cravings significantly. This
eventually results into heightened metabolism rates
which facilitate the breakdown and loss of fat in the
body.

How Much Water Does the Body Need?

In conclusion, the above benefits clearly show the
importance of drinking water, particularly if you are on a
diet. Nonetheless, everyone should make drinking water
a habit. It should not only be done when you are thirsty
as thirst, in itself, is an indication of the presence of
dehydration. Hence, every adult ought to take at least
eight glasses of water every day during cold weather.
Since there is a lot of perspiration and loss of liquid
during hot weather, additional glasses of water must be
taken.

Lastly, if exercises are part of your dieting plan,
ensure that you drink 6-12 ounces of fluids after 15-20
intervals. This way, you will maintain the most favorable
fluid balance during your exercises.

 

Continue to KEY 3: PROPER SLEEP AND RECOVERY

 


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