Water plays an important role in the body, more importantly, it helps you lose weight when drinking properly.
According to Leah Kaufman, dietitian of NYU Langone Medical’s weight management program, the amount of calories you consume is important, but the amount of water you drink plays a huge role in transforming what you absorb. As a result, she even encouraged her patients to download apps like Waterlogged or Water Drink Reminder to remind them to drink continuously throughout the day.
Here are some great uses that drinking water can help you burn more calories, limit overeating and lose weight.
Water enhances your workout
If you lose water during exercise, your exercise and body will be affected. One thing for sure is that you don’t feel thirsty until you lose about 2% of your body weight. According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the lack of water makes your exercise performance drop.
The American Council on Exercise recommends that women drink 2.7 liters of water a day. Experts recommend that you drink about 450ml of water before entering the gym and 200ml of water every 30 minutes during exercise, this way you drink about 8 glasses of water a day.
If your post-workout weight is less than your pre-workout weight, you don’t drink enough water. Therefore, you must add in the missing amount of water.
Water boosts metabolism
Water enhances your burning calories because every time you eat or drink, your body has to work (also known as burning calories) to boost metabolism. Therefore, drinking water will slow down the process of consuming calories.
In a study of healthy people, published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, drinking 450ml of water increased participants’ metabolic rate by about 30%. The researchers concluded that drinking 1.5 liters of water a day burns around 200 calories daily.
Water reduces hunger
Water also helps you reduce hunger, so drink a glass of water when your stomach is ravenous. A 2015 Oxford University study found that if obese people drank about 450ml before a meal, the amount of food they consumed would be less.
Water increases energy
Energy in losing weight is very important. Drinking plenty of water increases energy levels, as your energy levels rise, you maintain exercise and reduce cravings. Water accounts for 70% of the body weight. Therefore, it helps the brain to focus your cells and muscles fed with oxygen and nutrients.
When you’re tired, drink some water instead of going to energy drinks. Dehydration is also one of the causes that make your body tired, dizzy, reduce the performance of studying and working.