In America, we are fortunate enough to be able to drink as much water as we like. Unfortunately, we don’t take advantage of this amazing privilege and wealth because most of us don’t drink a “healthy” amount of it.
In other words, we should be drinking more water. And, if your goal is to lose weight, you should try to drink even more than what’s normally advised.
Don’t worry about drinking too much, it’s not impossible to do, but extremely rare. You would have to drink water nonstop for a few hours (2 gallons in under an hour) to cause harm. What we are suggesting is much milder behavior.
Drinking Water to Lose Weight
We have all heard that drinking plenty of water is healthy for us… but did you know if you drink it a certain way you can actually lose weight too?!
In fact, research published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics backs this up.
A new study suggests drinking water might just help you eat less. According to the research, drinking more water is associated with eating fewer calories, as well as less sugar, salt, and cholesterol.
You should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you workout*, then lean towards the 150 mark. Or, if you’re living in a hot climate you should aim for the higher end of that range.
*If you’re attempting to lose weight, let’s hope that you are exercising.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Water
Water has one of the most important roles to play in maintaining a healthy body and some of its benefits of drinking water include:
Fluid and pH Balance
Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body temperature, digest food, and more.
Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to inflame, which results in clogged pores and acne. While science saying water makes the skin wrinkle free is contradictory, water does flush out these toxins and can reduce the risk of pimples.
Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily, sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet, kidneys need enough fluids to clear away what we don’t need in the body.
Water is the carrier of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to the body’s parts and also provides a medium for the removal of toxins, dead cells, and waste material. The proteins and enzymes involved in various fundamental processes also require water for their proper functioning.
The back of our body rests on the spinal cord. The spinal disc core is made up of a large volume of water and dehydration, which leads to back pain in many individuals.
Water can prevent cardiovascular disorders to a large degree. It maintains the proper viscosity of blood and plasma and fibrinogen distribution. Therefore, adequate hydration of vascular components is advisable.