Here's a challenge for you. For one entire day take inventory on the amount of calories you drink. Not eat, but drink.
Staggering, isn't it?
Sugar-filled lattes, sodas, and other yummy beverages are sabotaging our efforts of keeping a healthy body weight. Of course your body needs some sugar for energy, but unnecessary sugar gets stored as body fat for a rainy day.
Water is the answer. Eight refreshing glasses per day of zero calories, zero fat.
There are three ways that drinking water throughout each day greatly facilitates your weight loss and maintenance efforts.
1. Water is a natural appetite suppressant.
Two glasses of water before a meal takes up room in your stomach and prevents overeating. Research confirms this common sense approach to weight loss. Pre-meal water drinkers consume less calories at each meal and lose more weight overall than their non-water-drinking counterparts. Save your money the next time you are looking for next latest weight loss agent. Water is simple, inexpensive, and effective.
2. Water diverts unnecessary snacking.
Our brain often confuses sensations of thirst and hunger. If you think you are feeling hungry, there is a strong possibility that you are actually thirsty instead. Before you reach for the Oreo bag or last night's turkey and gravy, enjoy a glass of water instead. Then have another class. This is not to say you should replace eating with drinking water. If you are still hungry after your two glasses of water, it is definitely mealtime. No Oreos or leftover gravy, however. Make healthy eating choices.
3. Water has an important role in fat metabolism.
The third and most physiologically interesting way that water helps with weight loss is its role in fat metabolism. Here's how it works. Your liver is actively involved in transforming stored body fat into fuel. If you don't drink enough water, your kidneys get stressed and need help from the liver. If your liver is busy helping the kidneys, it plays a lesser role in fat metabolism. Therefore, more fat will be stored instead of being used for energy.
Oodles of chemical reactions happen throughout your body 24/7, and water is required for every reaction. You need plenty of water every day for all your body systems to work efficiently, and this is important if you are trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight. Skip the sugar in your next latte, or better yet, switch to herbal tea. Stay hydrated with water and let your calorie consumption come primarily from solid food.