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Does Drinking More Water Really Help You Lose Weight?  

Does Drinking More Water Really Help You Lose Weight?   

 Water Really Help You Lose Weight

Nu Image Medical recommends that you drink plenty of water on the HCG diet; approximately a half gallon to one gallon per day, and there is good reason why. Drinking more water is a great way to stay slim, and you should get into the habit of drinking plenty of water every day for many reasons. Water is without a doubt the best drink for your health, and most of us can benefit by increasing our water daily water intake while getting rid of drinks that have calories.

Water doesn't cause weight loss by itself

It's important to clarify that water doesn't exactly cause weight loss by itself. Water helps you eat less during meals, get more out of your workouts, and improves digestion. Water helps you stay hydrated and by drinking it regularly you have less of a chance of eating something (or drinking a sugar drink) because you're dehydrated rather than actually hungry. For instance, if you are craving an afternoon snack you should try drinking a glass or two of water and seeing if your craving goes away. Often times it will, and if it does it shows that you were dehydrated, not actually hungry.

Drinking water before you eat helps you eat less

Another important thing to do before you eat is to drink plenty of water, which will help you feel fuller when eating less food. This is particularly helpful when on a low calorie diet like the HCG diet, but you should continue the practice even when you're not dieting. Drinking water before, during and after your meal will help you with digestion, keep you from eating too much, and will result in eating an average of 75 fewer calories each meal, which adds up to over 27,375 calories every year (about 8 pounds). So it definitely pays to drink water before eating, and it can really be the difference between being overweight and at a normal weight.

Drinking water helps you with exercise

It seems obvious but many people will forget to drink water before, during and after their exercise routine.  You need to stay hydrated anytime that you are working out to get the most out of your workout. Before you work out you should be sure to drink as much water as you can, and during your workout you should have a full water bottle with you at all times. If you sweat heavily you will need to drink even more water. Avoid sugar sports drinks which just add extra calories and negate your exercise efforts and drink cold water instead.

Checking your hydration levels

The color of your urine will tell you if you are dehydrated or not. Pale yellow to clear urine suggests that you are hydrated, and the darker the urine is the more likely that you are dehydrated. If you are drinking a diuretic like coffee which makes you urinate more frequently, you should drink water in combination to offset the extra water loss. If you notice your urine is dark yellow you should be sure to drink plenty of water as soon as you can. If you are working out or doing physical work on a hot day you need to be careful to drink more water than you normally would and be extra aware of your hydration levels.

Drinking filtered water

Filtered tap water is often preferable to other types of water including bottled water, and there are reverse osmosis filters that you can purchase for installation in your home that are effective at removing many impurities from tap water. Although these filters can be expensive they are well worth it when you drink filtered water on a regular basis, but there are other types of water filters available such as ion exchange and granular carbon filters.

Water helps with digestion

Another main benefit of drinking water with your meals is that it helps your body break down and digest food more effectively, ensuring that you get the maximum amount of nutrition from your meals. Protein takes more water than carbohydrates to digest, and you should be sure to increase your water intake whenever you eat a meal that is high in protein. In a previous article we mentioned the health benefits of eating slowly, and slow eating combined with plenty of water intake will help you keep weight off, avoid overeating, and improve digestion.

Get rid of the sugar drinks and replace them with water

One of the most important things you can do to stay thin is to get rid of drinks that have calories. Drinks with sugar (including juice) are one of your worst enemies when it comes to weight loss because it is deceptively easy to drink them without realizing how many calories you've ingested.

By making a conscious effort to rid yourself of sugar drinks and mostly (if not completely) replace them with water, you can reduce your calorie intake by anywhere from 100 to 300 or more calories per day, which can add up to 36,500 to 109,500 calories per year (or even more if you drink them more often).

This extra calorie intake can potentially cause 10 to 30 pounds of fat gain per year, so it is definitely something to be cautious about, and it is likely the biggest area of improvement that you can focus on if you have had sugar drinks in your diet for some time.

There is such a thing as too much water

If you drink a massive amount of water (several gallons) it can result in a dangerous condition called hyponatremia in which the sodium level in your blood drops. This is rare because the amount of water needed to create this condition is pretty extraordinary and would take a serious effort. You don't need to drink more than about one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. You would increase this if you when you are exercising or if it's a hot day of course, but on a regular day you don't want to drink more than this amount.


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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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