Drink Water for Healthy Weight Loss: Adequate Hydration Essential for Weight Control
If the body loses water or is dehydrated, a person may weigh less, giving the impression of weight loss. This is unhealthy. However, if one drinks enough water to meet daily requirements, healthy weight loss occurs. This is due to a number of processes.
Preventing Fluid Retention
Drinking enough water prevents fluid retention. If your body does not get enough hydrated, it tends to hold on to what it already has, resulting in increased body weight. To flush out all excess waste from the body, a person should drink adequate amounts of water which is 2 -3 liters per day.
Adequate hydration makes for efficient metabolism, helping to burn fat, which would otherwise result in weight gain.
Water is required in the performance of chemical processes essential for life, which are collectively called metabolism. Water boosts the metabolic rate.
The adult brain is made of more than 70% water and utilizes by far the most energy. Even slight dehydration curbs brain metabolism, resulting in slower chemical reactions and neuronal transmission. This may reflect in poor mental performance such as reduced concentration.
To burn glucose and fat efficiently, the body must have optimum hydration.
Natural Appetite Suppressant
Water is a natural appetite suppressant. Thirst may be mistaken for hunger, especially among the elderly. This usually results in people reaching for a snack or preparing a meal. However, even after eating, the thirst sensation may not go away, resulting in more food intake. This results in overeating. If the body is dehydrated it is not just excess calories that are stored away as fat; even what the body needs cannot be sufficiently used because water is needed for quick and efficient metabolism.
Instead of a snack when you feel hungry, it’s better drinking a glass of water.
The choice of snack or food is also important. Junk food or snacks, in general, have less water and roughage, and often have excess fat, sugar, and salt. These will dump excess calories on the body, cause a sugar rush and a dip, and upset water balance, which all, in turn, leads to poor metabolism and excess fat deposition.
Foods with a high water quantity such as fruits and vegetables appear bulky and have a low-calorie density. They stay longer in the stomach, prolonging satiety. The result is reduced food cravings. Overweight people have a bigger metabolic rate than thinner people, so they require even more water to meet their metabolic needs. Water should be drunk throughout the day, and before and with a meal. More water should be drunk to account for losses due to exercise, hot weather, fever or illness.
Adequate hydration, a balanced diet, and an appropriate exercise regime are all essential for healthy weight loss and permanent optimum weight maintenance.