Get Slimmer by Drinking More Water
According to the Institute of Medicine, the adequate fluid intake for men is about 13 cups per day, while for women it’s about nine. Although water remains the healthiest beverage, you can also opt for unsweetened tea or milk, as they also count as fluids.
Did you know that your body is 70% water? I was discussing the importance of proper hydration with a friend and was explaining that, indeed, the water percentage of all our organs is extremely high. The human brain is about 80% water and blood is 83% water. Muscles have a high content of water as well, which accounts for 76% of their mass, and water makes up 70% of the lungs.
“So if I stop drinking, I’ll weigh less,” my friend said. On the contrary, if you want to stay or get slim, you have to increase your water intake because water actually helps you lose weight.
Water does not burn fat. That’s true, but it does support weight loss through a series of mechanisms. Did you know that the sensations of hunger and thirst are controlled by the same area of the brain? The hypothalamus, which connects the nervous and endocrine systems and ensures proper transmission of nervous signals between the brain and your glands and organs, is involved in controlling the sensations of hunger and thirst.
When you’re not drinking enough water, the hypothalamus can mistake thirst for hunger, thus make you overeat, when, in fact, you only need to drink some water to hydrate yourself. Therefore, staying properly hydrated can reduce hunger pangs and prevent your brain from getting confused, enabling you to control cravings better and make healthier decisions regarding meals and snacks.
Drinking a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal can reduce the hunger sensation and fill your stomach so that you’ll feel full after eating a smaller amount of food. Needless to say, eating less favors weight loss, although this is not the only reason for drinking enough water.
5 REASONS TO DRINK MORE WATER
1. BETTER DIGESTION AND BOWEL MOVEMENTS
Water helps to ensure better digestion and maintain healthy bowel movements. Also, it contributes to the transportation of nutrients to cells and better nourished cells means an overall healthier body. Drinking enough water tends to prevent constipation and electrolyte disorders due to dehydration.
2. BETTER CONTROL OVER SUGAR CRAVINGS
When your blood sugar levels vary too much, it’s harder to keep sugar cravings under control but proper hydration can stabilize your glycemia, contributing to healthier eating habits. By drinking enough water you can help maintain the right level of glucose in your bloodstream.
3. HEALTHIER APPETITE
As previously stated, the thirst sensation is processed in the same area of the brain as hunger. Not drinking enough fluids throughout the day can confuse your brain, making it believe that you’re hungry when you’re not, which is why staying hydrated contributes to a more controlled appetite, preventing excess consumption of food.
4. HEALTHIER AND STRONGER MUSCLES
Muscles contain a high percentage of water and the storage of glycogen (used for long-term energy storage) in muscle fibers is strongly linked with water intake. Strong, healthy muscles burn fats more efficiently so if you’re struggling with excess weight and want to drop a few pounds without starving yourself, try to increase your water intake as well as your activity level.
5. BETTER FOCUS AND MOOD
Overeating is often the result of boredom or mood changes. Drinking enough water keeps your brain healthy and your blood sugar levels stable, preventing moodiness, dizziness, brain fog, poor concentration, headaches and other similar problems that are often triggered by dehydration.
Water also ensures healthy circulation and lymph flow, preventing swollen legs and puffiness, and helping your body flush out toxins in a more effective manner. Moreover, it keeps the body’s metabolic rate elevated and contributes to more efficient calorie burning.
Water doesn’t only make up 70% of our bodies; it also helps to keep it working as intended. Without a doubt, adequate water intake is crucial for maintaining a slim and healthy body.