We all know how important water is to remain healthy and hydrated. As our brains are up to 85% water, it’s not surprising that we need so much of it to maintain our mental and physical condition. It plays a crucial role in almost all of our bodily functions and is imperative for digestion, circulation and removing waste products from the body.
So with summer upon us, water is also a brilliant ingredient for helping us to lose a few pounds, just in the interests of obtaining that bikini body of course! It helps boost your metabolism and can increase your body’s ability to burn fat. Dehydration can stunt your natural metabolism by up to 3%, so it’s always good to keep topped up. Guidelines dictate that the average human should drink 8 glasses of water a day, and by doing so we can really reap the rewards of drinking water and its related weight loss benefits.
Here’s some tips to keep you on the straight and narrow.
- Drink before eating
Studies have shown that drinking water before a meal can also help you to lose weight by filling your stomach and tricking your body into thinking it’s full. You’ll consume less food, therefore save on calories!
- Are you hungry or thirsty?
All too often we get mixed up between hunger and thirst. If you feel that you’ve eaten enough yet you still feeling hungry, this could be your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink more.
- Drink right
Some statistics suggest that 60% of the population drink less than one glass of water per day. Ensure you take in the correct levels by investing in a sports bottle. Keep it topped up, and with you during the day so that you can drink continually.
- Chill out!
To boost your metabolism more, it has been suggested that ice cold water will have a better effect than water at room temperature. Plus it’s so much more refreshing! Ask your boss to invest in a Water Cooler for the workplace, or maybe even invest in one yourself for your home! You need to look after your body!
- Drink after exercise
Make sure you drink LOTS of water after any kind of exercise to make up for lost body water through sweat. You don’t want to end up dehydrated, and your body also loses essential nutrients such as sodium when it sweats so you need replenish your water levels.
Remember that as well as drinking plenty of water throughout the day you can also supplement your diet with high water density foods! Fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, cucumber, celery and oranges are just some of the foods that will help to increase your water intake!