Guest post by Sharon Hurley Hall
Will drinking water really help you lose weight? Yes, it certainly will! Read on to find out why it is often a big difference and read on to get strategies for making drinking more water an effortless part of your day.
The next time you’re thinking about having a snack and you know there’s no real reason for you to be having anything to eat, try drinking a glass of water instead. In many cases, your body is actually thirsty rather than hungry and the glass could help tide you over until your next proper meal.
A good strategy for reducing your snacking is to at least resolve to wait half an hour after drinking that water before eating something. If you still feel like having something to eat 30 minutes after drinking it, go ahead and have a snack.
The fact that you’ve waited thirty minutes will also increase the chances of your choosing a more sensible snack as you’re making conscious efforts when eating and that is something that minimises mindless snacking – the most dangerous kind of snacking there is!
Another weight loss strategy involving increasing your water intake is to drink a glass before each meal. It could result in your consuming less food in that meal. A large glass with each meal could easily equate to a litre of water consumed without making much effort.
Rev Up Your Metabolism
Water makes all your body’s systems work harder. Adequate hydration helps you eliminate waste as well and this can even mean a few fewer inches around your mid-section as well as a few fewer kilos or pounds on that scale.
Consume Fewer Calories
How many carbonated or sugary beverages do you drink each day? If you have 3 or 4 Cokes a day, you’re consuming several hundred extra calories. Even juice without added sugar has, on average, over 100 calories for each glass. Why drink your calories, especially if you’re carefully trying to manage them? Sugary drinks tend to increase sugar cravings and they don’t result in feeling energetic for very long. Water has zero calories. Swapping out your sugary drinks for water alone could quickly add up to weight loss.
Every pound of weight equates to 3500 calories. Did you drink a Coke or similar sugary drink each day every day last month? If so, could 12 pounds of weight gain over the past year be directly attributed to drinking too much pop? You bet it could! A lot of people who swap sugary beverages for water drop a few pounds effortlessly.
There are a number of elements that equate to successful weight loss but increasing your water intake and cutting out the unhealthy beverages you’re drinking could be a great way to jump start your weight loss efforts and improve your overall health.
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Sharon Hurley Hall writes for Eden Springs, the UK’s No 1. water cooler supplier and the first in the UK to provide certified carbon neutral water.