If you want to lose weight as quickly and safely as possible, be sure to drink plenty of water every day!
It’s a scary fact that most people don’t drink enough water to stay hydrated, and many others are only getting about half the water their bodies need to lose weight.
In this article we’ll discuss how drinking water can help you lose fat, and we’ll give tips on proper hydration.
Some important facts about water:
- Water accounts for 55%-65% of body weight in women
- Water accounts for 60%-70% of body weight in men
- All our tissues, bones and muscles contain water, and water is central to keeping us alive and healthy
- The average body needs 2 liters of water every day just to take care of normal bodily functions
- If you feel thirsty, you’ve been dehydrated for at least a few hours
Now let’s look at water and your weight loss plan:
Think of water as the one and only way that unwanted fat can leave your body. No matter what diet or exercise plan you follow, you need to drink enough water so that fat can be flushed from your system. If you’re not getting enough water it’s difficult for your body to function properly, much less to flush out extra fat.
For a visual image – think of your digestive track as a pipe, with water flowing through it, pulling out excess waste, toxins and fat. What happens if you follow your diet program well, burning fat, but then you don’t drink enough water? The excess fat has no way to leave your body so it remains stuck in your system, recycling through your blood and organs, and you feel fat and sick. Not a pretty picture! Give yourself the powerful boost of water to feel better, leaner and lighter!
Top tips for drinking water to lose weight:
- Drink at least six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day, or 48-64 fluid ounces.
- Tap water is okay, but try and obtain purified water. Reverse osmosis filtered or distilled water or are two great choices. The purer the water, the easier it is for your body to absorb and the better it will help you flush fat from your system.
- Try and drink the majority of your water between meals.
- Do not substitute other beverages in the place of water, as sugar, sugar substitutes, carbonation, caffeine, and other substances make your body work to extract the water and reduce the benefit to your system. That being said, a squeeze of lemon or lime is a benefit to your body, so if you dislike plain water consider adding either to add flavor and vitamin C.
Can you drink too much water?
Research says that yes, there is a point of diminishing return, where drinking too much water places a burden on your elimination organs. Most medical professionals recommend the 8 glasses per day, noted here, but if you have a question or concern, double-check with your doctor or nutritionist.
Also, please note that extreme water consumption – such as chugging gallons of water all at once – can be dangerous. You can read more about water intoxication here. The short of it is that deaths from water intoxication generally happen during water drinking contests, or when athletes sweat electrolytes over long periods of time, and don’t replenish them. This is something that the majority of people never need to worry about.
A word of caution about beverage substitutes – Don’t count other beverages as part of your water intake, even if the beverage has water in it. There’s nothing that’s as easy for your body to process as 100% pure water. Many people substitute coffee, soda, energy drinks and alcohol, thinking this counts toward their daily water needs. This simply isn’t true, as some of these drinks act as a diuretic, which ultimately leaves you more dehydrated.
When you drink the amount of water your body’s needs, you’ll find that your weight drops off more easily for the reasons we’ve given – plus water also helps keep you feeling fuller, while flushing the fat you burned from your body. As an added bonus, you’ll be healthier and have skin that glows and feels younger and healthier, too.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a weight loss plan, please check out our Diet Comparison pages for the latest in popular online diet programs.
Please do the environment a favor and consider using refillable water containers!
We use refillable bottles and buy water from the local Glacier Water station for only $.30 a gallon. You can find great refillable containers at health food stores or container shops. The water tastes better than most bottled water, and is WAY cheaper. We save hundreds of dollars every year over bottled water costs!