Water is an absolute essential for life. Without water, you will die, too little water and you will suffer ill health from dehydration symptoms. Too much water and you could cause hyponatremia (Dilution of mineral content in the blood). Some people try to be excessive in their water intake and try to drink 6 litres of water a day – this is dangerous.
The agreed upon water intake a day is 1 litres of water for every 30kg of body weight. The best water intake barometer though is your thirst level. If you are thirsty have some water. Often times we replace water with coffee and cold drinks. It is better to keep those beverages at a minimum and your water intake at a maximum. For instance have 3 cups of coffee a day, 1 cup of tea and the rest water.
Let’s get into the heart of this article though. How can we use water to aid in weight loss? Now I want to be clear, this is only an aid, and is not a fad that should be promoted as the water weight loss diet. This it is not. What I am going to suggest to you here, is a health benefit and it will simultaneously help with losing weight.
This is what you need to do. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, have a nice big glass of water (350ml to 500ml). Leave the coffee for at least an hour after you’ve woken up. This glass of water first thing in the morning has some fantastic benefits.
- Re-hydrating the body after 7 – 8 hours of sleep
- Flushing out toxins
- Kick-starts brain function
- Helps with constipation
- Refreshes you
When you start your day with water it will definitely make you feel better. There might not be much scientific evidence for this yet, but the experiential evidence is plentiful. For this one, you can test it yourself to see if you get great results or not without taking my or anyone else’s word for it – you can be the scientist.
The second thing you need to do is five to ten minutes before a meal, have a glass of water. This will stop you from over-eating. This little trick helps with digestion, it helps with regulating hunger pangs and overindulging.
Again, I will be clear, there are no scientific papers for this, so you can do the experiment yourself. If it works, use it, if it doesn’t you are among the few that it does not affect, and that is fine.
Now let me be clear, water is not a diet pill. As I’ve said before, don’t make this into a diet fad. What the water will definitely do, is make you feel better, the second thing it will do is make you feel full therefore helping you eat less. Thirdly drinking more water, means you will cut out on some sugar-containing drinks which will also help with weight loss.
All things considered, I’d say we need to get into the habit of using water to our advantage. Don’t make it a bother to drink water, make it the reason to drink water.