Water doesn’t only boost your metabolism, cleanse your body of waste but also acts as an appetite suppressant. In drinking more water, your body learns to stop retaining water and you begin to lose those extra pounds of water weight. So how does this work?
- Drink before eating. As an appetite suppressant, taking water before meals makes you fuller thereby cutting down on your food intake.
- Ditch the calorie-filled drinks for water. Do you think water has a bland or dull taste? Try adding a slice of lemon and enjoy your richly flavoured water. Interestingly, the pectin in lemons also helps to curb your food cravings.
- Taking ice-cold water causes your body to put in extra effort to warm up the water, thereby boosting your metabolism. In doing so, your body burns more calories and helps you shed some weight.
- Water keeps your joints lubricated hence preventing muscle cramps. This enables you to work out harder for a longer time.
- Try as much as you can to follow the 8*8 rule i.e. drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. If you exercise a lot or even sweat more, you might need to drink more.
However, your water intake is dependent on your body size, weight and activity level. An indication to show your water intake level is your urine.
A clear or light yellow coloured urine helps shows you are well-hydrated. Darker urine calls for more water intake particularly if you intend to shed those unwanted calories.
Are you a fan of drinking water all the time even when you aren’t thirsty? How has this benefitted you?