Time and time again I get asked if drinking more water will help with weight loss? I mean water is a zero calorie beverage, but there is more to it then that!
I believe that staying hydrated and drinking more water can be beneficial in HELPING aid weight loss - but it is not a magic tool (aka look at your diet and exercise routines - if these are subpar then water will help BUT it won't be the fix it tools you are looking for).
Why water is a helping factor in terms of weight loss goals is because:
Water is a natural appetite suppressant: When the stomach senses that it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. You may think you are hungry when you are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb snacking or overeating.
Water removes waste from the body: Water helps the kidneys filter out toxins and waste. When we are dehydrated the kidneys retain the water, which then doesn’t allow the body to get rid of waste that it needs to.
Water helps aid in digestion: Water helps us digest our food. It is also a natural way to ease digestive problems like indigestion and diarrhea (hence why your doctors tell you to drink lots of fluids when you are sick – particularly with stomach issues).
WATER IS NECESSARY TO BURN FAT/CARBS: Water is needed to metabolize (break down) fat and carbohydrates that come in to our bodies. Water is essential in this process, with out our body can not properly process fats and carbohydrates that enter our body.
Water helps with recovery during workouts: Without proper exercise, your weight loss journey will be stalled. Our bodies need exercise in order to lose weight. Water helps keep the body hydrated which will reduce the risk of muscle cramps and fatigue. Water is also helpful in making the body work fluidly (muscle / joint movement…lungs / heart pump correctly).
How much water should we drink?
I hate to break it to you BUT there is no magic number of how many specific oz of water a day you should be drinking. Water consumption is dependent on many factors (environment, age, activity level, body size…) BUT you should aim to drink about 80-100oz a day.
So, in the end – water is a NECESESSARY factor in aiding your weight loss goals. It won’t be the only factor in your progress, BUT it will help you stay hydrated, focused, and keep your body working properly to get you towards your goals.
Remember to try and drink more water than coffee, sugary beverages (juice/soda) AND always rehydrate after any type of exercise to ensure your body can properly recover and work properly!
Meg DeSalvo Fit