Surely you’ve heard the rumors, but just how much does drinking water help with weight loss really? Is water really all that it’s cracked up to be?
Hello Folks and thanks for joining me here at The Quest For Fitness once more, this time we’re going to take a plunge into the wonderful world of H2O!
As you’re probably aware already, there’s a world of benefits to consuming water whether you’re a full-fledged athlete or just an Average Joe. In cased you missed it, I did up an article a while back on the benefits of drinking water, check it out:
That all being said, let’s dive right in and see how water affects weight loss.
Water Helps The Body Burn More Calories
Several studies have proven in the past that increasing your water consumption can ultimately lead to more efficient weight loss, but how does that make sense? Doesn’t water have a mass of its own, and wouldn’t drinking it make you heavier?
True, but water doesn’t really contain any calories.
And with no calories or nutrients for your body to absorb, the water eventually makes it way out of you one way or another. That could mean through perspiration, urination, or the expelling of bodily waste.
But when you pump water into your body, it helps keep things working right, like a well-oiled machine. This means an increase in your body’s metabolism – much like stoking a fire. That will lead to more calories spent throughout the day.
What about drinking Ice Cold Water to Improve Weight Loss?
That unfortunately is a bit on the “debunked” side of things. It’s true that it will increase calorie burning ever so slightly, but not nearly to the degree that some websites claim. It’s all based on the idea that your body has to spend energy (calories) heating up the water internally as part of the digestive process.
That’s not wrong, but when some publications claimed that it was a massive leap in calories burned (like 30%) it started to turn some heads. Science has stepped up and given us the truth yet again.
Drinking More Water Means Less Appetite
As it turns out, by drinking more water, you’ll have an easier time curbing those dastardly cravings! By getting it into your system, your body sends signals to your brain informing it that you’re not so hungry anymore.
Sure it’s not the same as devouring a full pizza, in the sense that you’re not pumping your body full of calories, fats, and other things. But what you are doing is in fact taking up space with the nectar of life!
Drink Water Before Eating A Meal
A good tip (based on a scientific study done in 2014) is to get yourself a nice, big glass of water to slam back before every meal. This will help you “feel full” sooner and deter you from overeating during your meal, or continuing to snack afterwards.
Water Helps You perform At Your Best
As I mentioned in another article, drinking plenty of water is essential to getting the most out of your time at the gym. If your body is dehydrated, you’re simply not going to be able to perform at max capacity.
Is Dehydration Really That Bad?
That’s a very easy one to answer – Yes! Dehydration can lead to a number of performance-diminishing effects, like exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, inability to focus, and eventually death in severe cases.
Typically you won’t be anywhere near the point of dying from dehydration, but did you know that headaches are often just your body reminding you that you’re dehydrated? Next time skip the Tylenol and pound back a liter of water instead. The same goes for when you’re tired – you can likely pass on the coffee and get some high quality H2O into you!
When To Drink Water
Simply put, keep drinking that crystal clear goodness all throughout the day right from the moment you wake up in the morning. Maybe leave a couple hours before you go to bed to dry out so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
Also, as I mentioned try to get it into you before each meal, and before, during, and after every workout. That seems like a lot of water, but you don’t have to drink an ocean. I’d shoot for 2-3 liters through the day overall.
Water Helps Remove Waste From Our Bodies
As we’ve discussed, water is going to get things moving internally and really keep our system working at it’s finest much like oil does for your car.
But another thing it also does at the same time is help clean out the garbage. Even if you’re eating healthy everyday, your body is going to accumulate some forms of waste. Without water to move this stuff towards the exit, you run the risk of negative health effects, like a toxicity buildup or constipation.
However a constant flow of water through your system will aid in keeping things moving where they need to be, detoxifying your body, and helping you feel a lot better as a result. This is the opposite of things like sugary drinks and junk foods, which fill our bodies with sometimes hard-to-remove byproducts and leave us dehydrated.
Pair With Fibre For Best Results!
Ever heard the commercials for products like Metamucil or Fiber One? In an actual honest advertisement, fibre does in fact help keep you regular!
You can spell it fibre or fiber, it doesn’t really matter. It’s just another American/British language difference.
Back to the point, Fibre is an amazing thing for your body in so many ways. Fibre helps keep you full for longer, lowers cholesterol, regulates your bowel movements, and much more. And the main reason I bring it up is: It works best when you’re getting enough water intake.
Hey, you know what food contains a lot of fibre? Vegetables!
So if water alone helps you feel full for longer and helps to flush out bodily waste, adding more Fibre into your daily diet will do even more good for you. I personally take Metamucil most days at least once a day, and I always feel better because of it.
The Wrap Up
So what do you think? Do you get enough water in the run of a day, or maybe you need more? I’d love to hear about it down below in the comments section!
And of course if you have anything to add to the list, I’d be more than happy to hear about that as well. Drop a comment down below so we can all benefit from your additional wisdom 🙂
That all being said, that about wraps it up for me, folks. Stay awesome and I’ll see you guys next time.