Drinking Water To Lose Weight

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Many studies have shown that most Americans are chronically dehydrated. The rates of obesity in the US are also climbing. Studies clearly show that staying hydrated is a key factor in successful weight-loss journeys.

Science has demonstrated that our brains cannot tell the difference between signals for hunger and signals for thirst. Most people assume those signals for hunger mean just that: your body is hungry. In many cases though, what your body wants is water. This default of eating first means our salt and water ratios are often out of sync. More salt and not enough water to absorb it leads to bloating and water retention, known as water weight.

Another issue with our brains not knowing the difference is that reaching for food first leads to overeating. To avoid overeating, drink 8-12oz of water first, wait 15 minutes and then see if you are still hungry.

Staying hydrated is a huge factor in weight-loss success. Experts recommend that your aim to drink half your body weight in water every day.[1] The math is simple: take your body weight, divide it in two, and your answer is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking. For a 150lb person: 150lbs / 2 = 75 ounces. 75 ounces is roughly 9 8oz glasses of water.

An even easier way to make sure you get enough water: invest in a large water bottle or gallon jug. Drink at least half a gallon a day or 2-3 water bottles worth.

For those that love to snack or aren’t huge fans of plain water, try reaching for these water-filled foods. Bell peppers, watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and strawberries are some great alternatives to salty snacks.

Keep in mind, those who eat vegetables/fruits regularly will likely see 15-20% of their water intake come from these foods. If this is you, cutting your water intake down to 50-60 ounces is likely going to be more than adequate.

Remember, moderation and consistency are key: drinking water consistently throughout the day is much better than chugging a ton of water sporadically. You can make yourself sick (or perhaps, even drown yourself) if you drink too much water at once.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3809630/

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