The volume of water you consume every day plays a huge role in weight loss and sustaining a good weight. Water aids the way one’s body processes nutrients and maintains good circulation. Water increases your metabolic rate which gives you energy and helps you burn more calories. When enjoying plenty of, water will be able to help your body burn calories three percent faster.
Drinking six to eight 8 ounces servings of water per day will help you to replenish the fluids your body uses over the course of the day. If you are hitting the gym, have a more active job, etc you will want to consume more than that- between eight and twelve 8oz of water.
Water for thought:
If you believe you are dehydrated, you probably are. If you feel you are hungry, you are actually probably thirsty as well. It is common to mistake hunger for thirst- the end result is people get inadequate amounts of water and they overeat. What can this lead to? You guessed it: extra weight.
DO this: When you think you are hungry and you find yourself grabbing a piece of food, drink eight ounces of water first. That means before a single bite goes in your mouth! The majority of the time the water will satisfy your craving. This is especially helpful when you’re eating away from home- whether it is at a restaurant, a dinner party with friends, a picnic, BBQ, etc. You know- you sit down to dinner, they put a basket of bread in front of you and before you know it the bread is gone and you can barely finish your food. Before reaching that bread, enjoy your glass of water and see if you still feel the need to polish off the basket of bread.
Get bored with plain water? Here are some suggestions!
* Keep a bag of frozen fruit in the freezer. Throw a couple strawberries, blueberries, mango slices, etc in your glass of water. Homemade flavored water plus they act like ice cubes AND you can eat them after you finish your water
* Along the same lines, keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator with orange slices, lemon slices or cucumber slices in it.
* If you don’t have access to the frozen or fresh fruit, a splash of juice will do the trick as well. Orange juice, grapefruit juice, grape juice, they all work well.
* Lastly, if you are a soda drinker, try seltzer water and a splash of juice. You get the fizziness of soda without the caffeine or sugar.