You have probably heard all of your life that drinking enough water is very important. My mother used to say this at least once a day when I was little. So maybe it won't come as a surprise to learn that proper hydration has a drastic effect in the most unlikely of places, namely those extra inches and pounds you are looking to loose. Read on to learn about how to get the quickest weight loss results by drinking your 8 glasses a day!
What's Water Got to Do With Weight Loss?
You are probably wondering why and how water has such an effect on weight loss. In reality, there are several aspects of losing weight that are dependent on you getting proper hydration. Drinking enough water can help your body in several ways...
* Increases Metabolism
A German study several years ago revealed that drinking water increases the rate at which a body burns calories. In some cases, subjects saw a 30% increase in metabolism in the 30 - 40 minutes after they drank a bottle of water. Researchers attribute some of the increase in metabolism to the body's attempt to heat the water, indicating that cold water has a greater effect on the calorie burning benefits.
More about this study can be read in the December 2003 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
* Feel Less Hungry
No matter what weight loss diet plan you choose to follow, it's only as good as your ability to stick to it. Dieter's hunger can certainly get in the way and make it difficult to loose weight. Drinking plenty of water spaced out over the day will keep you feeling fuller and less likely to break that diet with just a tiny little snack.
* Improves Muscle Tone and Health
Your muscles are a particularly thirsty part of your body and are easily damaged by dehydration. By drinking enough water, you can keep your muscles healthy. Dehydration can make your muscles look flabby and unfit and make working out more difficult that it should be. If you are on a quick weight loss plan, workouts are likely to be part of your routine. Give your muscles the hydration they require before putting them to work.
Of course water alone won't preform any miracles. Ensuring that you are adequately hydrated in addition to following a healthy weight loss program will produce the best results.
How much water is the right amount?
It is recommended that healthy adults drink 8 glasses (64 oz) of water a day or more if you live in a hot humid area. People who are obese may also benefit from more than 8 glasses a day. Also know that you shouldn't drink this much at once, but rather space your water out over the course of the day. Don't like the taste? Try adding a splash of lemon or sugar-free water flavoring to make it go down easier, just avoid sugary additives and other empty calorie drinks.