The Importance of Water and Dieting
Did you know that drinking water is a key ingredient to helping lose the weight you desire? You may have heard that drinking 8 glasses of water a day or more is important, but just how important is it?
While I was being coached by a dietician during and after pregnancies, I learned that consuming water may slightly increases metabolism. Instead of consuming diet sodas’, teas, etc., just drink water. Lots of water. It can actually help you burn calories faster but as long as you stick to a healthy fitness and diet regimen. I can personally say that water helped me get back to pre-pregnancy weight so I’m assuming that this can help you no matter what situation you are in. Now being 5 years after my last baby, my weight has fluctuated up and down until I stuck to drinking water throughout the day, every day. I have been able to maintain my weight now for a year due to water. If you find you can’t be around water at certain times of the day, carry a water bottle and fill and drink every hour.
Have you ever heard someone say that water “flushes fat out of your system?” I have always wondered this myself and have seen “fat flushing” water recipes all over the Internet. Is it just a fad? If anything, water can just aide in the loss of fat. I don’t know that it actually flushes out the fat completely. This would be an excellent thing to fully research. If you know the answer to this, feel free to chime in.
I also have noticed that drinking a lot of water will curb your appetite making you feel fuller. It’s a natural way of doing things while avoiding diet pills, etc. Water is the natural approach.
Even though this info is based on my experience and with a licensed dietician, I was able to research and confirm a few facts regarding water and weight loss. Here is what I found according to research by a Barry Popkin Ph.D (Professor of Nutrition). “People who drink lots of water, eat more vegetables and fruits and fewer sugary beverages, and consume fewer total calories.”
Dr. Popkin’s also says that the “reason for drinking less sugar beverages, would likely be that the increased water substitutes for them in the diet, quenching the thirst so that the person does not feel as much need to drink sugary beverages. Increased water consumption, or replacement of energy-containing beverages with energy-free beverages, or consumption of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables with a lower energy density, may help in weight management.”
There you have it. Either way, water is the best liquid for your body. When you stick to a proper diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, fish, etc., water helps your body burn those good fats and carbs properly without added sugar and empty calories.
Here is to more water and better health!
Don’t forget to increase the fat-burning even more by getting your exercise daily.