Water, Water, Water! 09/01/10

Water, water, water.  I can’t say enough about how water is essential to sustained weight loss.  70% of the human body is water and consuming water helps ensure weight loss in a variety of ways.

So how does drinking water on a regular basis help with weight loss?

Well drinking water:

  • Reduces the amount of empty calories one consumes in other beverages
  • Helps you feel fuller faster during meals
  • Helps speed up your metabolism
  • Helps remove toxins and waste from the body

Empty calories are one of the biggest enemies in the weight loss war.  Remember you will not be able to lose weight if you consume more calories than you burn.  Consuming water on a regular basis allows you to replace other drinks such as sodas and fruit juices that contain high amounts of sugar and empty calories.  Let’s look at this example:

3500 calories = 1 lb; therefore if a person wanted to loose 1 lb a week they would have to reduce their caloric intake by about 500 calories every day.  While this seems like a lot of calories, let’s just look at what would happen if a person replaced their normal beverages with water during the day.

Bottle of Orange Juice             110 calories

Large Lemonade                      350 calories

Red Bull Energy Drink            110 calories

Coke (16 oz)                           200 calories

Cosmopolitan                          173 calories

943 calories

So replacing a few drinks throughout the day with water could reduce your caloric intake dramatically!!!

Just by replacing that lunch time large lemonade and afternoon coke with water would save you 550 calories!!!!

Did you know that the body can actually confuse hunger with thirst?  That’s right many times when you feel hungry – you are really just thirsty.

Have you ever finished eating and still felt hungry?  This happens to a lot of us and when this happens we typically go back for seconds or have dessert.  Drinking a full glass of water before you eat will cause you to feel fuller sooner and therefore you will consume fewer calories.

Water also helps us remove toxins from our bodies.  Toxins can build in our bodies and can affect every aspect of our lives.  Toxin overload can lead to us feeling sluggish and they can also lead to decreased metabolism which in turn will make weight loss almost impossible.   Lack of water is also a leading cause of constipation.  Constipation will lead to bloating and a mid section that won’t have that flat / tight look.

Are you looking for ways to speed up your metabolism?  Well one way to do it is to increase your water intake.  Researchers in Germany found that individuals that increased their water intake by about 1.5 liters a day saw a 30% increase in the calories that they burned during the day.  It is thought that this increase in metabolism is due to the body trying to heat the ingested water.  While this may produce modest weight loss – when it comes to weight loss, every 5 pounds HELPS!!!

So how much water should you consume?  A good rule to live by is to take your body weight in pounds, divide that in half and that is how many ounces water you should consume in one day.

150 lb  ÷ 2  = 75 ounces of water every day

While this initially will be a struggle; after awhile it will become second nature and you will start to loose weight because you are not consuming so many empty calories from other beverages.

So in closing, we have all heard that water is the key to life….Well it is also the key to weight loss.  By increasing the amount of water that you consume you will reduce the number of calories from other beverages, reduce the number of calories from over eating, ramp up your metabolism, and remove unwanted toxins from your body!!!

Also remember that many people consume beverages that are high in sugars (sodas, energy drinks, etc) because they are craving carbohydrates and sugars.  In addition to caralluma and green tea, One Wellness Place Body Fit Capsules

also contain Chromium GTF, a micro nutrient that balances out blood sugars; therefore, reducing the cravings for sugar, carbohydrates, and alcohol.

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