Do the Benefits of Drinking Water Include Weight Loss?
By Kirsten Whittaker
Water… it’s an essential nutrient and the most common substance
in the body. Water does many things for us… helps to regulate
body temperature, assists in digestion and excretion. But are we
drinking enough and do the benefits of drinking water include
We’ve all heard, time and time again, that we need to drink at
least eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Recent
thinking has moved away from naming a number of glasses per day,
but there are many who continue to hold that drinking lots of
crystal clear water helps with weight loss, a healthy-looking
complexion, flushes toxins from the body and fights cravings
too. Though research in 2008 didn’t bear this out, water
continues to be a healthy, all natural choice.
Surprisingly, you could be dehydrated right now, and not even
know it. In fact, there are many who believe it’s rather common
for us all not to be drinking enough water.
Part of this comes from the modern conveniences of heat and air
conditioning, which tend to dry out the air inside your home or
office. Add to that the average 10 cups of water our bodies lose
each day and you can see why we might be in need of more fluid
than we think.
Of course the weather is also a factor in dehydration,
especially during the height of the summer season, those “dog
days” of summer when the air isn’t moving and the sun is beating
down from a clear blue sky.
Doing anything physical in this type of heat can be dangerous
if you don’t drink enough liquid before, during and afterward.
Feeling weak and dizzy are your first clues that something is
amiss, if nausea follows, you need to get rest in the shade and
fluids until your symptoms improve. If they don’t, seek medical
help right away as heat illnesses can (and do) take lives, even
young, healthy lives.
When it comes to weight loss, renowned and highly successful
Weight Watchers expects you to log your water consumption each
day, just as you list the foods you eat and other liquids you
drink. Water has no points, but that doesn’t mean it is without
You might also think about doubling up on your water
consumption for each and every serving of soda or other
caffeinated beverage that you have during the day. The caffeine
in these drinks acts as a diuretic that removes water from your
When you start to make the switch from other drinks to water,
you’ll likely want a bit more zip in your drink than unflavored
water as to offer. Here’s where you can add flavor with a bit of
peppermint, a slice of lime or lemon. Seltzer or carbonated
water are also options that bring a little zest to the good for
Once you get accustomed to drinking flavored waters, you’ll
find that your taste for the unflavored variety comes into play
and you’ll naturally move toward drinking more unflavored water.
An important point to be made about water and weight loss.
About 22% of our calories do come from what we drink. Many of us
drink calories without realizing the impact on our daily total.
Switching to no calorie alternatives like water, tea or even
diet sodas can have a big impact on the number of calories you
Another benefit of drinking water for weight loss is to
substitute it as much as possible for what you usually drink.
Have water with meals, keep some ice cold water at your desk or
in your car. It’s best not to try and chug your glasses all at
once — too much water in too short a time can actually be quite
dangerous — instead, drink regularly through the day. You might
also up the amount of water you’re giving your body by eating
water rich fruits (watermelon) and veggies (lettuce and tomato)
can be effective ways to get the fluid you need and help you
fill up too.
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