Water and weight loss
Does drinking water have direct effect on our weight? Why do diet programs and diet experts suggest dieters to drink more water? You get direct answer for these questions here. If you know the amazing health benefits of drinking more water, you would crave for water.
Researches prove that drinking water and weight loss are directly related.
- An abstract by Dr. Brenda Davy, associate professor of human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech, presented at last year’s obesity conference in Phoenix, Arizona, showed that people who drank two glasses of water 20 to 30 minutes before every meal lost weight more quickly initially and lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t.
- In another study by Davy and her group, published last year in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, she found that people who drank water before meals ate an average of 75 fewer calories at that meal. This may not seem like much, but if you ate 75 fewer calories at lunch and dinner for the next year, you could lose about 14½ pounds!
How does water aid weight loss?
- Drinking 2-3 cups of water 20-30 minutes before meals suppresses appetite to some extent and helps to control food intake. Above researches clearly show that drinking water before meals result in less calorie intake and thus aids weight loss.
- Drinking water accelerates metabolic rate as water works as a fuel for metabolism. (Metabolic rate is the rate at which our body burns calories). This has been proven in many studies. This directly aids weight loss as our body starts burning more calories than before.
- In addition, being even 1 percent dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism, which can also interfere with weight loss. So preventing dehydration by drinking sufficient water prevents any fall in metabolic rate and thus aid weight loss. (This is why fitness experts ask you to drink water at regular intervals while doing rigorous exercises that make you sweat and dehydrated)
- Drinking more water helps us to lose excess water weight. Our body contains more than 60% of water. When we take insufficient water, our body starts storing water in cells that makes us gain extra weight. This also might make our face, feet and legs to swell. Drinking plenty of water induces our body to release the excess water stored and thus helps reduce that extra weight.
- Sometimes we are not able to differentiate between hunger and thirst. We may mistake thirst for hunger and eat food instead of drinking water that adds to our calorie intake. Avoiding this can aid weight loss. Drinking water when we feel hungry (or thirsty) reduces calorie intake helping us to lose more weight.
- Drinking more water daily cleanses our body, boosts immune system and increases base metabolic rate preventing weight gain in the long run. Thus it helps in weight maintenance.