The prospect of losing weight always felt very daunting to me, both before I started and while I was doing it. Anyone I have ever known that tried to drop any number of pounds told me it can be a struggle. So I knew what I was in for. That is why I tried to stack the deck in my favor as much as I could. I took Garcinia Cambogia, which in hindsight was one of the best decisions I made. But there were also many other things that ended up being super helpful. I took steps to reduce my appetite. I made progress in curbing my binge eating. It all added up. And then there was water.
I stumbled upon an article which claimed that doing something as simple as increasing my water intake could help big time in losing weight. I remember scratching my head a bit. Drinking water for weight loss? How? I mean, it’s just water, right? Turns out though there absolutely is truth behind it.
First, regardless of any weight loss benefits, it is important to remember that our bodies need water. No ifs, ands or buts. All of us are made up of 50 to 65 percent of the stuff. This means that by default, constant water intake is necessary for our bodies to operate properly. On the weight loss side of things, one of the functions water affects is our metabolic rate, which is the internal mechanism that determines how many calories we burn. Being properly hydrated boosts it.
Water the Appetite Suppressant
In addition to making sure our bodies perform at their best, drinking water does a few other neat things. In a slightly roundabout way, water can act as a natural appetite suppressant. While it is definitely not as effective as my suppressant of choice, Garcinia Cambogia (which I talk about here), it can still have a significant influence. When our bodies tell us we’re hungry, it turns out we are often just thirsty. Drinking water will turn those hunger signals off, keeping us from eating unnecessary calories. By extension, if we drink a glass of water a few minutes before we sit down for a meal, we also won’t feel as hungry and will end up not eating as much. This can save us a ton of calories.
Don’t quite believe me? WebMD, a well-known health resource website, states that on average, drinking water before a meal results in a reduction of 75 calories per meal. That may not seem like much, but over time, it will certainly add up. Even if we only drank water before a single meal each day, over the course of a year the calorie savings would add up to just over 27000 calories. That’s the equivalent of eight pounds. Yes, a year is a long time, and yes in the grand scheme of things eight pounds may not be that much. But remember that we’re doing this purely by having a single daily glass of water at the appropriate time. I think that’s pretty amazing.
A Few Other Water Tricks
The next neat little water-related weight loss trick is to drink it cold. Throwing in a couple of ice cubes is all it takes. Other than the obvious “it’s more refreshing” benefit, your body will actually burn more calories processing cold water that it would burn processing warmer water. It has to expend additional energy to internally warm the water up.
It may sound counterintuitive, but drinking more water also prevents our bodies from retaining it. If we drink often, more fresh water is constantly coming in, and our bodies do not need to store any in reserve. This automatically leads to a drop in excess water weight.
No More Sugar
I had a pretty healthy soft drink addiction before I started on my weight loss journey. Do you know how much sugar and therefore extra calories those contain? I’m sure you do. It’s quite astounding. A single can has nearly the entire recommended daily added sugar intake (added sugar is sugar that does not naturally occur in food). I was having multiple cans per day, and all that excess sugar resulted in more than a few extra pounds.
By switching from soft drinks to water, I was able to cut out the equivalent of close to 3500 calories worth of sugar per week. That’s a pound right there. And this is on top of all the other weight loss benefits of drinking water I have already mentioned.
Do note that as with most diet related things, I would suggest you do not go cold turkey with cutting out whatever your sugary liquid of choice is. Ease your body into it. It will significantly improve your odds of success. Each week, I replaced a single daily soft drink with a glass of water. Despite taking it easy, I was at zero bad for me drinks in no time. And if you absolutely, positively cannot stand the taste of water, spice it up a bit (not literally of course). Throwing in a bit of lemon does wonders. Strawberries and blueberries are a personal favorite of mine.
So how much water should you drink? A good rule of thumb is something called the eight by eight rule: eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day (adds up to 2 liters in total). If you want to be more precise, use this handy water consumption calculator. Ultimately, the amount will depend on your size, current weight, and activity level. For example, the more you move and sweat, the more water you will have to take in to keep your hydration level up.
Drinking more water is an easy, cheap way to stack the odds in your favor when trying to lose weight. It’s a great tool to have in your arsenal, and when you combine it with other things, like taking Garcinia Cambogia, you’ll be losing weight and reaching your weight loss goals in no time flat.