People can read this and learn how they can do something to help them to lose weight that is so simple yet they probably never thought about it before. That thing is drinking water. By that, I mean making it a point to drink at least eight glasses of plain water every day and doing it so that it is spread evenly throughout the day. If that sounds too simple to be true, you probably need to read on.
Water is something that is fundamental to life. We humans are made up of over 70 percent water, so it is natural that this element is vital to our existence. The daily drinking of it not only promotes life, but also promotes good health. Of all the seemingly many great and simple weight loss tips that you can learn, this is probably the easiest and most palatable to do. Here is why.
Water Aids Digestion
When you are trying to lose weight, one of the major aspects of the process is in getting your body to burn off more calories than it is taking in through diet. The standard ways to do this include eating a calorie restrictive diet while exercising to force yor body to use more energy and thus create a negative calorie balance each day. The shortfall must then be made up from the body's store of fat, the reduction of which is the ultimate aim of the person trying to lose weight.
The mechanics of this process are pretty simple to understand when laid out like that. But what can really help that process go much more efficiently is the inclusion of lots of water into the equation. Plain water helps the body to digest food more efficiently because it literally helps to lubricate the digestive tract. Its presence increases the fluids available in the stomach and intestines for digesting any food that we eat.
Lack of Water Inhibits Weight Loss
The flip side of this particular coin is that many people do not drink enough water. Therefore they are actually inhibiting the weight loss process by making it harder for their bodies to digest and metabolize their food!
A correctly hydrated body will perform its many tasks more effectively than a dehydrated body. When you don't drink enough water, your body dehydrates. This next statement is going to floor you:
A huge number of people are walking around each day in partially dehydrated bodies!
That's right! They don't know it of course. But they probably feel it. Some of the symptoms related to this are lethargy, tiredness, lack of energy, headaches, muscular aches and pains, indigestion and excess acid reflux. These symptoms can all be remedied to some extent by ensuring the body is correctly hydrated. You do this by drinking enough plain water. Now here's where many people are going wrong.
Anything Else is Not Water!
Many people substitute water with tea or coffee, soft drinks like soda and sports drinks, flavored cordials and alcoholic drinks, especially beer. These drinks may give the person the feeling that they have quenched their thirst, but in reality they have not gone far enough to correctly hydrate a partially dehydrated body. Drinks containing caffeine such as tea or coffee and some sodas and alcoholic drinks actually cause the body to shed fluid, thereby causing more dehydration.
The only way to counter this is to drink pure, plain water. And it needs lots more than you may think, too. A relatively average sized adult human body that doesn't do any extra exercise requires around two pints or more of water every day.
Feeling Hungry or Thirsty?
Another thing that affects many people who are trying to lose weight in a negative way is feeling the need to snack on something between meals during the day and also late at night. Most of the time, that feeling is actually not hunger but thirst! That's right. Instead of reaching for the snacks, grab a glass of plain water and drink it slowly. Then see if you still feel hungry. Chances are, as long as you have eaten a reasonably filling and nutritious meal previously, the sensation you were feeling was actually thirst, not hunger.
You can save yourself several hundreds of calories every day by drinking a glass of water every time you feel like grabbing a snack. This in itself is a major boost to any weight loss program and one that so few people even know about!
Now you know about it and can use it to your advantage. So use it!
Note: Drinking plain tap water is generally safe in most areas, but if you are unsure about the safety of your drinking water, please consult the Standards and Risk Management website for more details.