More Water, More Weight Loss
In a lot of ways, losing weight is complicated. There are a lot of different things to learn about living healthily, and that is why so many people turn to medical weight loss programs. But there are some aspects of weight loss that truly couldn’t be any simpler. Case in point: drink more water.
Water is a staple in the body, and is absolutely necessary for survival. In extreme circumstances, your body could go weeks without food and you would survive. Without water, however, you are only going to last a couple of days.
Water supports the body in the following ways:
- Acting as a lubricant, water protects your tissues, spinal cord, and even your joints.
- Water enables the body to excrete waste through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. The kidney, liver, and intestines rely on water to flush out waste, and waste removal is actually an essential component of weight loss.
- Saliva is mostly water, and without saliva your body will have difficulty breaking down food for digestion. Saliva also helps reduce the instance and severity of acid reflux and heartburn.
Without adequate water intake, the body will go into what is called dehydration. This is a state of bodily emergency in which organs systematically begin to shut down until there are more fluids available. During your weight loss program, watching your fluid intake is important. More activity leads to more sweat, and that means more fluid loss. Increasing your fluid intake to prevent dehydration is a healthy and wise things to do.
Water for Weight Loss
While water is necessary for survival and optimal health, it is also a helpful tool to use in managing your diet during your weight loss program.
A recent study published during the summer of 2015 found that drinking just 16 ounces of water about 30 minutes before a meal drastically reduced calorie intake by supporting healthier portion sizes. The researchers out of the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom found that over a 12-week study, those who drank a pint of water just before sitting down to a meal were able to eat fewer calories at meal time and lost about 9 pounds on average over the course of the 12 weeks.
The participants were encouraged to eat healthily and think about weight loss during this time, but were not given any of the sort of support or program tools that you find in medical weight loss. Instead, the study found that the simple act of just drinking more water, specifically before a meal, was enough to curb appetite and encourage weight loss.
This goes to show how much drinking water can help with your own weight loss goals, especially when combined with your medical weight loss program.