To stay healthy, the NHS recommend that you drink 2 litres of water a day, or roughly 6-8 glasses. Water powers numerous bodily functions including temperature regulation through perspiration, flushing out toxins, cushioning joints and carrying nutrients and oxygen around the body. But while it's common knowledge that water is essential, you might not be aware that H20 can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Trying to lose weight? Your metabolic rate is the rate at which your body burns calories. Drinking water has the ability to increase your metabolic rate, in turn helping you burn fat. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that drinking water can increase your metabolic rate by 30 per cent. This boost occurred within 10 minutes but reached a maximum 30-40 minutes after consuming water, so drink up!
It can be difficult to distinguish between hunger and thirst, especially if you're engaging in a weight loss programme. So if you feel hungry, drink some water first and then reassess your hunger status. It's common to mistake thirst for hunger and give in to the urge to eat when really you just need a refreshing drink. If you find yourself craving snacks between mealtimes, try to up your water intake. If you've eaten a filling lunch and still feel hungry, take small sips of water and quench your thirst instead.
Drink more, burn more
Guzzling water won't override your gym membership, but in some studies drinking H20 has shown to fire-up your metabolism thanks to water-induced thermogenesis. This metabolic process is a result of your body processing the water in your system, in turn increasing its energy output by up to 30 per cent. Essentially if you drink the recommended two litres of water a day it could be enough to help you burn off a small chocolate bar!
Side step fizzy drinks
If you're a slave to sugary snacks, the good news is research has shown that drinking more aqua can help curb junk food cravings. Here at the Bug HQ we champion everything in moderation, but fizzy drinks, smoothies and fruit juice come with calorific levels of sugar, so approach with caution. Swapping sugary drinks for water on a regular basis can work wonders for cutting down both your sugar and calorie intake and achieving your weight loss goals.
Understand your appetite
Struggling to ditch the excess pounds? One way to prevent yourself from overeating is to drink water before mealtimes and learn the amount of food your body actually needs. Consume a 500ml glass of water at least half an hour before sitting down for a large meal, and keep your appetite under control.
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