Water and Fat Loss- Are you drinking enough?

Drink water will help me lose fat?

Benefits of Drinking water.

Why is water so important for fat loss? First let’s look at what role it plays in our body. Water makes up close to 70% of our body, and our organs contain an even higher percentage of water.

The liver for example, is nearly 95% comprised of water. Water shuttles nutrients throughout our body and helps rid it of toxins. It helps to assimilate the water-soluble vitamins and it regulates our body temperature. Water lubricates joints, helps with digestion and promotes healthy skin.

There are too many benefits to drinking water to list. It plays a role in every chemical reaction within our cells.

Drinking water reduces water retention.

When your body doesn’t get enough water, it holds onto what it has. Water retention is the result. This is a simple survival mechanism. Your body has a tendency to hold onto and store what it doesn’t think it will get in the future.

Once you start drinking more water, your body recognizes that it is getting a steady external supply and it starts letting go of the water weight it’s been holding. The water retention in your waist, face and ankles is released because there is no longer a reason for your body to store it.

Water makes you a more efficient fat burner

So we’ve established that your liver is nearly 95% water. Your liver is incredibly important, so what does it do:

  • The liver breaks down toxins and removes them from the body.
  • It stores fat soluble vitamins
  • It has a huge role in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism
  • Your liver is responsible for breaking down fatty acids and transporting them to the blood to be metabolized.

What does water have to do with the liver?

With the liver being so important for fat oxidation, it is imperative that we are keeping it running at 100% efficiency. When you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys, which are responsible for removing toxins and waste material, cannot fully function. As a result, your liver has to pick up the slack. If your liver has to work twice as hard to remove toxins, fat metabolism is not going to be able to function 100% efficiently.

Water and exercise

Studies have shown that just slight dehydration can hugely impact exercise performance. Sometimes being hydrated is the difference between getting those last two reps, or putting an extra five pounds on the bar. It may not seem like much of a difference, but that better workout you just had as a result of being fully hydrated, just built you some muscle. In return, that muscle is now burning more fat for you, even while you rest.

Still not convinced?

Another study in the journal of the American Dietetic association found that drinking a glass of water before breakfast can cut daily food intake by 13% (13% – that is a lot – that can be 200 calories if your eating 2000 calories per day)

Why water helps you with weight loss may be obvious. Not only does water make you feel fuller, so you eat less, drinking water also replaces energy containing drinks like juice, fizzy drinks, flavored and vitamin water. People on average drink over 400 kcal/day. Water may even increase metabolism

A few years ago, a study found that if you drank 500ml of water your body would use 24% more calories for 60 minutes after drinking water. The researchers figured that this was because of changes in osmolarity caused by drinking water and that your body has to expend energy to bring everything back into balance

So how much is enough?

There are ways you can work out exactly how much water you need to drink taking into account your body weight and exercise level but I don’t think you need to bother with that to start with, just get into a good habit of drinking water.

You should aim for 2 litres per day. If you’re not used to it that can sound a lot, so start with 1 litre and work up.

Ditch the fruit juice, flavored water and pop and have a few glasses of water instead – I promise you’ll feel and look a whole lot better.

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