Water is essential for our survival and being properly hydrated at all times is extremely important. Water is the key element in almost every body function, including weight loss. It speeds up the metabolism thus helps your body burn more fat, cleanses toxins from your body and also suppresses the appetite. Consumption of carbonated drinks, processed oils, coffee and canned foods make our body more acidic.
However, water helps turn the body more alkaline. Not drinking enough water results in sugar cravings, tiredness and afternoon headaches. This is why it is very important to drink 8-10 glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated and also promote weight loss. If you have trouble keeping track of how much water you drink every day, the following tips can be very helpful.
Here are some tips on how you can drink more water:
Have always a bottle of water with you. Have it wherever you go and drink at it during the day. Drinking a glass of water before every meal can reduce appetite. The feeling of fullness will help you eat less, thus consuming fewer calories for improved weight loss results. Studies of older adults have shown that drinking water before each meal may increase weight loss by 2 kg over a 12-week period. In one study, middle-aged overweight and obese participants who drank water before each meal lost 44 percent more weight, compared to a group that did not drink more water.
Drinking ice cold water helps boost your metabolism because your body has to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories and helping you to lose weight. Plus, ice cold water is just so much more refreshing than water that’s room temperature.
It’s fine to use some flavors to your water, like lemons or limes. Cut them into the slice and put them in the bottle. Furthermore, you can include cucumber slices. It includes 96% water content and mineral balance. Cucumber can provide very similar hydration levels to twice the volume of water.
Other vegetables that can hydrate you more can be added too. If water is not your favorite, you can add some flavor of tea and drink it instead during the day.
How do you know if you’re getting enough water?
A general rule is to check the toilet after you’ve gone to the bathroom. You’ll know you’re well hydrated if your urine is clear or very light yellow in color. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink, especially if weight loss is your goal.