Drinking Water And Weight Loss

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Drinking water and weight loss are directly related in a number of different ways. Some are physiological while others require a little bit of planning. No worries on the planning part though...that will be easy enough as you'll see!

Drinking Water And Weight Loss With Maximum Benefit

In order to maximize the benefits, water has to be the primary source of hydration. In other words, other beverages can not be substituted for the water even though said beverages are made up most of water. Why you ask?

Any beverage containing any form of sugar has to be eliminated if weight loss is what you seek. Your body reacts to sugar by raising insulin, which in simple terms tells your body to store this excess energy as fat. Bad news no matter how you look at it so don't drink your calories!

Any zero calorie beverage sweetened with artificial sweeteners has its own set of really bad effects.

When you drink something that has these artificial chemicals as sweeteners, your taste buds send a message to your brain that your body is getting something that is sugary. So your body prepares for an insulin response that never comes because there are no sugars present. This drives cravings for sweet foods and makes you want to reach for a candy bar. So much for losing weight...

Nothing can replace good ol' fashion water!

How Drinking Water And Weight Loss Works

There are a number of processes in your body that drive weight loss using water as the primary resource:

  • Water helps to increase metabolism 
  • Water helps your body store glucose as glycogen in your muscle as opposed to fat. Glycogen is the energy source your muscles metabolize quickly when it is needed. 
  • The above process sets your body up for improved physical activity which is why water is so important when working out.
  • Water helps your body metabolize fat more efficiently.
  • Increased water consumption helps muscle operate with additional capacity.
  • Water helps to maintain improved nitrogen level balances in muscle tissue which has an impact on muscle development.
  • Water aids in digestive processes enabling better nutrient absorption.

I'm sure you've noticed that there is a lot of reference to muscle here. Lean muscle development is the economic engine of metabolism. More muscle = higher metabolism. Drinking water and weight loss are directly related to this.

A Few Other Tips On Drinking Water And Weight Loss

There are a few other things you can do to maximize the effect of drinking water and weight loss.

  • Drink a full glass of water before every meal. It helps you feel more full more quickly and you'll eat less.
  • Carry water with you everywhere you go. Choose a glass or stainless steel carry container to avoid plastic chemicals from leaching into your water.
  • Stay fully hydrated all the time. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. By the time you're thirsty, you're already mildly dehydrated.
  • Forget about the "8 glasses a day" rule. Just drink water all the time. 
  • Drink  water until your pee is mostly clear and maintain that. Dark yellow means you're dehydrated and that is not the state you want to be in.
  • Drinking water throughout the day helps to suppress your appetite.
  • Part 2 in this series is all about water purification. This is a very important component of drinking water and weight loss because of the hormone disrupting chemicals found in today's water supplies.
  • It is a myth that drinking more water leads to more water retention. Excessive salt intake is the likely culprit in that case.

I drink water constantly from the time I get up until about 2 hours before I go to bed. Once I got this habit started, I began craving water and a now detest sugary sodas and I won't come within 10 feet of a diet drink!

I hear people say that they don't want to drink water because it is bland. This is only because they are addicted to other beverages. It's almost like a drug because the taste of sugary beverages activates the pleasure center of your brain. This means that they must re-train themselves and their brain.

Just as I did, once you start drinking water and make it a habit, you'll never go back!

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