How Drinking Water Helps Weight Loss
About 60% of your body is made up of water. It is probably the most overlooked element when it comes to losing weight. Your body needs water to do every single function is can — everything from breathing to digesting food. Drinking an adequate amount of water can help you lose weight in a number of ways.
Firstly, drinking enough water keeps your stomach full and helps you maintain that “full satisfied” feeling. No one likes feeling hungry all the time while dieting, so drink your water!
One think that helped me lose all my weight was drinking 16 oz of cold water right before I ate a meal. The cold water will actually shrink your stomach a little bit so that you feel full faster and longer. It also obviously helps fill up your stomach physically as well.
The best time to drink water is first thing in the morning. This is because you obviously haven’t had anything to eat/drink when you were sleeping and thus are very dehydrated. You might even notice yourself having more energy in the morning after you hydrate yourself. Drink at least 8 oz of water when you wake up.
So how much water is adequate?
This depends person to person based on height, weight, activity level, etc. But a solid baseline to work off of is around a gallon of water per day. This may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. You don’t have to carry around a gallon all day like you may see bodybuilders do, any refillable bottle will do.
Quick resource: 1 gallon = 128 ounces.
As you learn more about your body, you will notice that sometimes when you feel hungry, you’re really only thirsty. You’ll see that after a cold glass of water, your hunger pangs subside.
And of course you should always use common sense and drink enough water when working out outside in high humidity/heat. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 7-10 ounces of water every 10-15 minutes when in such conditions.
Still not sure if you’re getting enough water? Another rule of thumb is that if your urine is not almost completely clear, then you are dehydrated and need to drink more water.
However, there are some medications and vitamin supplements which change the transparency of urine and won’t allow for clear urine no matter how much water you consume.
It may seem like a simple concept, but that’s because it is. Stay hydrated and it will be easier to lose weight!