If I offered you a magic pill to help you lose weight and all you had to do was swallow it, would you take it?
Of course you would!
Well, this isn’t a magic pill, but it’s almost as easy: Drink more water!
Literally all you have to do is swallow it!!
It has been proven in study after study that drinking enough water helps you lose weight.
How is that possible?:
- Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn when you’re not doing anything (so just sitting on the couch).
This is known as resting energy expenditure.
Resting energy expenditure increase by 24–30% within 10 minutes of drinking water and lasts at least 60 minutes.
Studies have also shown drinking plenty of water causes a significant reduction in weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and body fat.
And, that’s if you don’t make any other lifestyle changes except to drink more water.
Are you hearing me? Just by drinking water!!
How’s that for a magic pill?
- Drinking water reduces appetite.
Hunger is the physiological need for calories and water. So sometimes, when you feel hungry, you’re actually just dehydrated.
The confusion happens in the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates both appetite and thirst. When dehydration sets in, wires get crossed, leading you to grab a bag of chips when you really need a bottle of water.
Also, headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, and difficulty concentrating – classic symptoms of hunger – also occur when you’re thirsty.
If you feel hungry but you’ve recently eaten, try drinking a full glass of water. Wait 15 minutes and chances are you’ll forget you were even hungry in the first place.
- Drinking more water crowds out sugary beverages.
You can only drink so much liquid in a day. Enough said.
Bottom line: If you want an easy way to lose weight….Drink. More. Water!
Half your body weight in ounces. I know that’s a lot. Work up to it.
Tough love comin’ atchya……
No whining, “But I don’t like water.” Drink it anyway. It has no taste. Get it down, just like swallowing a pill.
If you need to add a flavor, ok. Look for stevia-sweetened instead of aspartame. It’s all-natural instead of chemicals.
However, straight up is better. Zero-calorie sweeteners still spike your blood sugar so you won’t get as good a result.
A better option is to add fruit or herbs, like mint, lemon, berries, or cucumbers.
I’m curious….are you drinking enough water? Why not? Let me know in the comments below.