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Can Drinking Water Help In Weight Loss?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

Tried and time tested, it goes to say beyond doubt that drinking water helps to lose weight. There are various theories as to why this is the case of how water therapy helps in weight loss, most of them are now testified by research. Let us understand the science behind the fact.

A study published in the journal Obesity found that drinking a little less than half a liter of water around half an hour before each meal helped reduce more than 4 kgs over a period of a month.

Here's How Drinking Water Can Help You Lose Weight! - PharmEasy

Below are four reasons how drinking water can help in losing weight –

  1. Feel Full –

Drinking a couple of glasses of water about 30 minutes before meals helps us feel full and we tend to avoid overeating. Less food equals fewer calories and greater weight loss. Water fills us up and helps us feel satisfied more quickly.

Since water has no calories, choosing it to quench your thirst instead of higher-calorie beverages like juice, soda, sweetened tea, or coffee may help you consume less liquid calories overall. Moreover, drinking water instead of the typical 20-ounce vending machine soft drink may save you a surprising 250 calories!

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

  2. Increase Metabolism –

Metabolism is the rate at which the body converts food into energy. Lack of enough water slows down metabolism by as much as 3%. Thus, intake of water and weight loss are closely related. This means that all the hard work you put in to lose weight is less effective by 3%, simply because your body is dehydrated and cannot perform its best.

Staying adequately hydrated can boost metabolism as much as 30%.

Drink around half a liter of water about half an hour before you hit the gym or the track to maximize your workout benefits.

Given that water makes up a major portion of urine and water keeps stools soft, drinking water makes it easier to produce pee and move faeces. That is to say, the more hydrated you are, the simpler it will be for your body to process things and the less likely that you will experience constipation and bloating.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

  3. Control Hunger –

Many times the craving for that afternoon snack may not be hunger at all; it is just the body’s dehydration signal mistaken for hunger. Drinking an adequate quantity of water will keep the mistaken hunger in check and help lose weight.

  4. Fight fatigue –

Dehydration leads to fatigue and tiredness. A constant feeling of fatigue and tiredness tends to be mistaken as a lack of adequate nourishment. To make up for this perceived lack of nourishment, we tend to stuff our bodies with unnecessary extra calories that lead to weight gain. Keep yourself adequately hydrated, drink ample water to keep up energy levels and avoid binging.

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