How often have you heard: Drink more water to lose weight? Our guess is pretty much every time. But more often than not one ends up wondering if there is any truth to the statement. For all those confused souls, the answer is: YES!
Drinking water most definitely enhances your weight loss efforts. It not only gives that extra boost to your metabolism, but also removes all the excess toxins from your body. Drinking excess water also kills hunger pangs that especially crop up at odd times.
Most people are aware of these facts. But yet struggle to give their body adequate amount of water. Here’s how you can include the benefits of drinking water in your weight loss routine and reap its maximum benefits:
- Drink water before your meals
According to WebMD, drinking close to 250 ml water before every meal reduces your overall intake by close to 100 calories. Three meals a day would make that 300 calories. If you do the math, that calculates to over 1 lakh calories a year which easily amounts to a weight loss of 15 kgs! All you need to do is up the amount of water you drink per day and see the fat melt away in no time. Now, how awesome is that?
- Drink up chilled water
There is a never ending debate on whether one should drink lukewarm or cold water to shed weight. According to WebMD, drinking cold water increases your chances of losing more weight because your body works harder to warm up the water. So always tuck in a chilled bottle of water in your bag and experience more than just the refreshing doles.
- Replace your sodas and packaged juices with water
One of the biggest mistakes people make is drink excess calories without actually realising its downfall. One of the basic thumb rules of weight loss is: One must dump all the sugar-filled calorific drinks like colas and packaged juices and instead replace them with the goodness of water. If you want to have more than just plain water, then you can add a bag of green tea or just squeeze half a lime and chug the same. Researchers claim that doing so can increase the chances of boosting your metabolism and also reduce your food cravings. So just give up on those unwanted drinks and in no time see the difference it makes.
- Engage in some physical activity
If you add a physical activity in your daily routine then the chances of you drinking more water increases. During the activity, be it a workout in the gym or just playing a game of your favourite sport, keep sipping water to avoid muscle cramps. Also post the activity, rehydrate your body by drinking up the amount of water your body could have lost in that session.
- Wondering how much to drink?
One of the biggest confusions people have is how much water must one needs to consume to reap its weight loss benefits. According to WebMD, an individual must drink anywhere between half an ounce to one ounce for every pound of weight. Don’t get confused friends. This essentially means, if you are someone who weighs around 70 kg, then you must drink a minimum of 4 litres of water on an average daily. An increase in water intake will depend on the intensity of the physical activities your engage in and also the temperature levels you are soaking in.
For all those who are serious about making water as their magic weight loss drink, one way to monitor if your body is getting enough water is by checking the colour of your urine. The darker your urineis, the more water you need. Now c’mon, there isn’t anything disgusting about this!
So, don’t think twice before drinking that extra glass of water. Who knows, you might finally just get lucky in losing all that stubborn fat.
P.S. Be prepared to see a glowing you as well because water will flush out all those unwanted toxins away. Now, that’s what we call a perfect JACKPOT!