The Role of Water in Your Diet and Weight Loss Efforts
Posted on June 30, 2015
- The initial weight loss on any diet is mostly due to the loss of water. To prevent dehydration, you need to replace that water.
- Drinking an adequate amount of water will actually decrease your tendency to retain fluids.
- Many foods have a high water content; approximately 40% of our daily water intake actually comes from food. Your body may signal that it is hungry in an attempt to get more water through food. If you’re feeling hunger pangs, it’s best to drink a large glass of water, wait 20 minutes, and then decide if you are truly hungry.
- Drinking water can help fill you up and prevent you from overeating.
- You can exercise more effectively when you drink enough water. As you increase muscle mass through exercise, your body will burn more fat (muscles actually assist the body in burning fat). Muscle is made up of more water than fat is, so water becomes even more important as you become more active. Dehydration slows down the fat-burning activity of muscles.
- Water helps maintain muscle tone and lubricate joints, helping reduce muscle fatigue and soreness during exercise.
- Burning calories and fat creates toxins, and water is essential to the process of flushing them out of your body through the kidneys.
- Dehydration results in a decrease in your blood volume, leading to a reduced supply of blood and oxygen to the muscles and causing you to feel tired.
- Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, some sodas) has a diuretic effect; for every 8 ounces of coffee you drink, you need to take in an additional 8 ounces of plain water to counteract this effect. The same goes for alcoholic beverages.
- When you are eating a healthy, high-fiber diet, you need additional water to dissolve the fiber in your body and help it move through the intestinal tract.