Water is my favorite drink in the world. I’ve always been fortunate to love water and drink tons of it- probably almost too much on a daily basis. Don’t underestimate the power of H2O- it is a vital component for weight loss. It’s insane how a body can transform by staying hydrated. Read on to find out how!
1. Builds muscle and tones
If you’re looking to build muscle or tone up, then water is your best friend. It helps decrease any bloating as your body tends to retain water. Water molecules help rebuild muscle and make muscles look bigger. It is recommended to drink water before, during and after working out.
2. Keeps you full
Yes, we’ve all heard of the old adage of drinking 2 glasses of water before eating dinner. However, for me, I have a set rule- I make it mandatory for myself to drink 3 glasses of water while I am eating no matter what. This definitely fills you up quicker and makes you eat less.
3. Increases your metabolism
Water- especially COLD water increases your metabolism. I always drink 1 glass of cold water as soon as I wake up and brush my teeth. It helps jumpstart your metabolism and your body has to work harder when it is cold to digest it. Increasing your metabolism also helps burn more calories and decrease constipation!
4. Satisfies your hunger
Most of the time when you think you’re hungry, you probably aren’t. It is probably due to boredom, anxiety or thirst. Anytime you feel hungry, be sure to drink a glass of water first to see if it’s true hunger!
5. It has zero calories!
Water has 0 calories and 0 carbohydrates! It will help you drink less sugary and caffeinated drinks. It will never add to your calories or total intake so why not drink it?
So how much water should you drink? The whole eight glasses of 8 ounces of water is old and random. Some say 10 glasses; however, it really depends on you. I drink about 10-12 glasses a day. Your body should be about 60% water so doing the math helps you figure out how much you need.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking to lose weight, then it cannot be done without increasing water intake!