5 Ways Drinking More Water Can Help You Lose Weight

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5 Ways Drinking More Water Can Help You Lose Weight
Not even including that it makes you feel full.
BY K. ALEISHA FETTERS May 16, 2016

Water may very well be the most underrated nutrient especially when it comes to weight loss.
Sure, calories in versus calories out is still a thing, but how much water you drink plays a huge role in determining what side of that equation you come out on, says Leah Kaufman, R.D., a dietitian with NYU Langone Medical Centers Weight Management Program. She even has all of her patients download an app, like Waterlogged or Water Drink Reminder, that will remind them to drink water continually throughout the day. Drinking enough water is so easy to forget, but its critical to weight-loss success, she says.
Here are five awesome ways that hydrating can help you burn more calories, curb overeating, and shed pounds.
1. IT POWERS YOUR WORKOUTS
If you’re dehydrated, both your workouts and your results (ahem, fat loss) will suffer. Unfortunately, you dont start to feel thirsty until you lose about two percent of your body weight in water. This is actually the same point at which your exercise performance takes a nosedive, according to research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
While the American Council on Exercise recommends that active women (you!) drink 2.7 liters or 91 ounces of water per day, Kaufman recommends drinking 16 of those ounces before hitting the gym and another eight ounces every 30 minutes during your sweat session. Thats way more that the eight glasses per day! (Kick your weight-loss goals into high gear with these workouts from Women’s Health’s Look Better Naked DVD.)
To make sure that you’re totally fueled up on H2O, weigh yourself before and after your workout (just pee before stepping on the scale), says Florida-based dietitian Jaime Mass, R.D. If your post-workout weight is two or more percent less than your pre-workout weight (for example: 150 pounds before, 147 pounds after), you aren’t drinking enough. Kick up your hydration even further.
2. IT BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM
Sweat sessions aside, water boosts your caloric burn period. That’s because every time you eat or drink, your body has to work (a.k.a. burn calories) to process whatever is coming in. Its called diet-induced thermogenesis, and works for water pretty much the same way it works for anything that contains calories.
In one study of healthy men and women, published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, drinking about 16 ounces of water temporarily spiked participants’ metabolic rate by 30 percent. The researchers concluded that increasing water intake by 1.5 liters (about six eight-ounce glasses) per day would increase daily caloric burn by about 200 calories.
3. IT HELPS YOU HEED HUNGER CUES
Youve probably heard the whole water makes you feel full spiel before. But waters ability to help you pinpoint your hunger level is even more helpful than its filling abilities. Oftentimes, we think that we’re hungry, but we’re really just thirsty, says Mass. For instance, many of the feelings associated with being hungry, such as an empty, gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even light-headedness, also strike when youre running low on water.
When you feel hunger set in, drinking some water can help you determine how ravenous you actually are. One 2015 study from the University of Oxfordfound that obese adults who drank about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before their meals ended up eating fewer calories and losing 2.6 more pounds than those who simply imagined that their stomachs were full before sitting down for their meals. Kaufman has her patients follow the same 16-ounces-before-mealtime tactic.
4. IT BOOSTS YOUR ENERGY
Energy and weight loss are two peas in a super-svelte pod. When your energy levels are up, you crush workouts, slash cravings, and are generally way more likely get your butt off of the couch. That’s where water which makes up nearly 70 percent of the human body comes in. It keeps your cells firing, your muscles fed with oxygen and nutrients, and your brain focused on working towards those weight-loss goals, says Kaufman.
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Drudging your way through a 3 p.m. slump? Instead of running to the vending machine for a sugar fix, try drinking some water. Dehydration loves to masquerade as fatigue.
5. IT KEEPS YOU FROM DRINKING OTHER THINGS
As great as water is on its own, its even better when you compare it to other beveragess, like soda and heavily whipped coffee drinks (though we love a frappaccino as much as the next person). Luckily, a 2015 BMC Public Health study of more than 1,100 adults found that every 3.4 ounces of plain water consumption results in a 0.7-ounce reduction in caloric beverages. More water and less soda? Check.

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