HYDRATION & HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS
Many studies show a positive correlation between increased water consumption and weight loss.
Hydration is key for many factors that play a role in weight loss including digestion and muscle function.
1. Water acts as a natural appetite suppressant.
High water can help promote the feeling of fullness, reducing hunger. Drinking a glass of water before a meal can also decrease the amount of calories consumed.
2. Water intake reduces overall liquid intake.
Drinking alcohol or sugar sweetened beverages increases calorie intake. Replacing these high calorie drinks with water is said to have long term weight loss benefits as you are consuming less empty calories.
3. Water helps remove waste from the body.
When dehydrated, the body struggles to remove waste. Water intake helps the kidneys to filter toxins and waste whilst retaining essential nutrients and electrolytes. Staying hydrated avoids retaining the waste and bloat.
4. Water helps metabolise fat (lipolysis).
Without water, the body cannot properly metabolise stored fats/carbohydrates. Water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids. This process is called hydrolysis and occurs prior to lipolysis where the fatty acids are metabolised.
5. Water intake helps with workouts.
As well as helping vital organ function during exercise, water helps muscles, connective tissue and joints move correctly. Hydration reduces the risk of fatigue and cramps