We all know that water is the elixir of life, it helps carry out various metabolic activities, cleanses the body, and prevents dehydration. Drinking enough water is key to many factors that aid in weight loss, such as digestion and muscle function.
Water adds bulk to your food. You may feel full after having a bowl of watermelon or grapes compared to foods with less or no water, such as raisins or dried prunes.
Often we mistake our thirst signals with hunger and overeat. As a thumb rule try to drink water first whenever you are hungry and check for your body signals if you are full. Still, if you are hungry, opt for a healthy snack or meal.
Studies have shown that overweight people who drank at least 1-1.5 liters of water daily for a few weeks observed a significant reduction in weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and body fat1. Many health authorities suggest drinking 2 liters of water per day. But, this number is arbitrary and depends upon the individual's weight and activity level. Since water is a calorie-free beverage, drinking more water leads to decreased calorie intake and helps weight loss.
The major challenge in drinking enough water is regularly reminding yourself and keeping track of your water intake. You can overcome this challenge by using the Hint app, and you can set reminders to drink water every few hours in the Hint app and track your water intake for the whole day.
So, think no further. Keep sipping water and keep losing weight!
- Vij VA, Joshi AS. Effect of 'water induced thermogenesis' on body weight, body mass index and body composition of overweight subjects. J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Sep;7(9):1894-6.