Are you struggling to lose weight? Have you hit a plateau in your weight-loss plan? One of the reasons may be quite simple. You may not be drinking enough water. Good hydration is the key to weight loss.
Good Hydration Fills You Up
Did you know that one of the first signs you’re thirsty isn’t a dry mouth. One of the first signs of thirst is often a feeling of hunger. If you eat instead of drinking a glass of water, you’re taking in unnecessary calories.
You’re also still going to be thirsty, which may lead to more eating unless you quench that thirst. So the next time you feel hunger, drink a glass of water and wait fifteen to twenty minutes.
Additionally, many nutritionists and diet coaches strongly recommend drinking a glass of water before meals. When fully hydrated you can digest your food better. It also helps you eat more slowly. Eating slowly helps you recognize the signals from your body when you’re full. And of course a glass of water will take up some room in your stomach so you’ll feel full faster.
Good Hydration Flushes Toxins
One of the reasons many people recommend drinking water is because it helps your body get rid of toxins. Your kidney and liver both work quite hard to remove toxins from your body. Ensuring they’re hydrated helps your cells manage that process more effectively and efficiently.
You want to get toxins out of your body as efficiently as possible. Too many stored in your body can affect your hormones, metabolism and other factors that influence weight gain and weight loss. In short, water helps your body flush out toxins that cause your body to store fat. Get rid of the toxins and you reduce the amount of fat you’re storing.
Hydration Eliminates Bloating
Finally, drinking water actually helps you look and feel less bloated. The less bloated you are, the skinnier you look and feel. Looking and feeling skinny helps you continue to make good food decisions.
Do You Really Have to Drink Water?
Water is far and away the best thing for you to drink. However, coffee and tea are also beneficial in moderate amounts. Alcohol and fruit juices are fine in small quantities but they don’t really do too much to improve your hydration. Additionally, most alcohol and fruit juices are loaded with calories which want help with weight loss. If you dislike water, consider drinking mineral water or waters with added flavors – not sugar.
Hydration is the key to weight loss. Try to drink a glass of water before every snack and meal. Make sure to drink a glass when you feel hungry. You’ll be surprised at just how much of a difference it makes.