Why is drinking water so important for your weight loss journey?
Drinking water is critical when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals. According to The Better Health Channel, the suggested daily water intake for the average adult is 2.5 to 3 litres of water per day. While you can go without food for days, weeks and even months, it takes just one day without water to impact your health.
What happens to our body when we aren’t drinking water?
1. We become fatigued and tired
You might notice a slight headache or feel like you could take a quick nap – these are some of the first signs of dehydration. You may even feel like doing nothing; this is because enzymatic activity slows down without water. And without water, your enzymes are unable to produce energy.
2. Digestive Problems
When you don’t drink enough water, you don’t have enough liquid to help eliminate the foods we digest. In turn, we gain weight, retain toxins, and feel less healthy. Also, we often experience constipation.
3. Stomach Ulcers
Our stomach lining has a protective mucous that is 98% water and 2% sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate helps in the digestive process by neutralizing the acids. When a person is dehydrated, the stomach does not have enough liquid available to make the mucous. In effect, we are less protected by the acidic fluids the stomach creates causing issues like heartburn and ulcers.
4. Weight Gain
You’ve probably heard it before, but it is very common for our body to misinterpret dehydration for hunger. As a response, we eat more. Next time you are hungry, you can work out if you’re hungry or thirsty by drinking a couple of glasses of pure water. If the hunger pangs subside, you’ll know you just needed to feed the body some water.
So how can you avoid dehydration and stay on track to reach your weight loss goals?
- Always carry a water bottle – make an effort to grab a water bottle before you go anywhere. There is a tonne of cool water bottles around too.
- Set reminders – If you’re really horrible at remembering to drink water, set some reminders on your phone or with an alarm throughout the day prompting you to drink water. For instance, set one in the morning, one at midday and one in the afternoon. Feel free to add more if it will help you get your daily intake.
- Eat more water-based foods – many foods have high water content which means you can consume more water when you eat too. According to Health.com certain foods like spinach, watermelon, cauliflower, green capsicum, cucumber tomato, radishes, and celery are all made of higher than 90% water. All of these foods are included in the ketogenic diet too.
- Make drinking water fun – You can infuse your water with delicious fruits and herbs. Combinations like berry and mint always make water more enjoyable!.
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