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7.05.2015 | Water and fitness

Water: The most magical potion to lose weight

Water:  The most magical potion to lose weight

“Diet and exercise” – the mantra that most people swear by, when it comes to losing weight the healthy way. But the word “diet” is more than just the amount of food in a plate. A very important component of a healthy diet is the amount of water a person drinks in a day.

While drinking water is not the absolute magic pill to shed those pounds faster, not being adequately hydrated could make weight loss even harder.

 

Why do you need to drink water? 

Water helps your body to function properly. Water is required for a number of chemical reactions and metabolic processes that take place in individual cells, tissues and organs. And these processes can be accentuated seamlessly if the water is being procured from advanced water purifiers like Pureit. But if you don’t drink sufficient water, these reactions and processes will not function the way they’re supposed to. And this could affect your overall metabolism.

Let’s look at some of the ways water can help you in your weight-loss program.

You’re not hungry…you’re just thirsty!

Sometimes, the body is not able to differentiate between hunger and thirst. So, if you feel hungry and are tempted to snack on high-calorie food, have a glass of water first. It could be that you are, in fact, just thirsty and the glass of water would make you feel full and prevent you from consuming those extra calories.

Water can help you eat less

Drinking water some time before a meal has its benefits in overall weight loss, possibly because you feel full and therefore tend to eat smaller portions of food thereafter.

In one study, people who drank water before a meal ate about 75 calories lesser during the meal. That, in itself, may not seem like much. But 75 x 365 (days in a year) means 27375 calories less in a year, which corresponds to an approximately 4 kg weight loss, without much effort.

Water can help you digest your food better

Drinking ample amount of water is also important for your kidneys to function smoothly and reduce the risk of stones. Water also helps prevent constipation.

Research seems to confirm the benefits of water during weight loss

Let us take into account two studies that shed more light on this finding:

In one study, there were 48 overweight and obese middle-aged adults who were put on a low-calorie diet. Some of them were asked to drink about 500 ml of water before each of their three meals a day. At the end of three months, those who drank extra water, lost about 2 kgs more than those who didn’t drink water.

Another study looked at how people tend to gain weight as they get older. This study was carried out over 4 years. Those who had a higher intake of water and those who substituted their sugar-sweetened beverage consumption with water were less likely to put on weight over the years.

To drink or not to drink

If you’re on a diet to lose weight, you will definitely be keeping an eye on your calorie intake. But remember to watch your fluid intake too!

Here’s a quick list of what you should drink and what you should refrain from, when on diet.

Keep these within reach:

  • Water: By now you’re already aware of how important and healthy it is to drink water and stay hydrated, when trying to lose weight
  • 100% fruit juice: Make sure you check the label first. Fruit juice often comes with added sugars and those could be high in calories, besides the nutritional value
  • Vegetable juice: Besides being just as nutritious as fruit juices, vegetable juices promise less calories and a lot of fibre
  • Skimmed or low-fat milk: Along with the goodness of calcium with lesser calories, the low fat milk is preferable over whole milk, when on a diet
  • Black coffee: Coffee is a good source of anti-oxidants and largely calorie-free, as long as it’s black
  • Green tea: Another great source of antioxidants, green tea may also aid weight loss

Stay away from

  • Carbonated drinks: High on calories and low on nutrition, it’s best to avoid these – whether you’re on a diet or not
  • Fruit juices with sugar: Some fruit juices have as much sugar added as carbonated drinks. Make sure you check the labels before buying them
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is already a high-calories beverage, and that is without counting the fried snacks or nuts that usually accompany a glass of alcohol

According to a study, drinking 500 ml of water before every meal could help weight loss.

Make sure you drink water from a trusted source.

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