How Much Water Should I Drink?
For as long as I can remember we have been told to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day — more if you exercise heavily but less if you drink other beverages frequently. The benefits of drinking water are many, and drinking water for weight loss is among those benefits. Recently, the Institute of Medicine has recommended that men drink about 3.7 liters (about 13 cups) of water daily and women drink about 2.7 liters (about 9 cups).
During a workout or other physical activities, on hot or cold days, and owing to your weight and certain medical conditions, you may need more water. This online daily water intake calculator on FitnessJockey.com is a great tool that calculates how much water you need by factoring in those criteria. It shows my body needs 3L of water every day.
Water for Optimal Health
Water is an energy booster and relieves the dehydration that makes you feel fatigued. When you are thirsty, you have already become a bit dehydrated. Dehydration also makes the body and mind feel stressed whereas 70 to 80% of your brain tissue is water.
Water helps to prevent muscle cramping and is a lubricate for the joints of your body. Water also hydrates your skin cells and gives your face a younger appearance. In addition, it is a good for digestion and helps to keep your bowels regular.
It has also been proven that drinking water for weight loss is effective.
Drinking Water for Weight Loss Tips
It has been shown that people who drink two glasses of water twenty to thirty minutes before they have a meal — known as water loading — lost weight more quickly and lost a greater number of pounds then those who did not drink water before eating.
It was also discovered that people who drank water before meals consumed an average of 75 less calories.
If this were continued for one year, a person would lose 14½ pounds.
It has also been shown that being just 1% dehydrated causes a drop in metabolism that can interfere with weight loss.
The body has difficulty differentiating hunger from thirst. If you do not drink enough water through the day, thirst might be interpreted as hunger and you will eat more food then you need.
Finally, drinking water to stay healthy during a fasting diet is essential. Read, “Safely Fasting for Weight Loss.“
Drink Iced Water for Maximum Calorie Burn
Calories define the amount of energy contained in food. Another definition for calorie can be the measure of energy it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius. Therefore, your body burns calories when you simply drink iced water. Read, “6 Morning Behaviors of Naturally Thin People.”
Your body burns 17.5 calories if you drink a sixteen ounce glass of iced water. If you drink the recommended eight glasses of eight ounces of water per day but drink iced water instead of non-iced water, you will burn 70 calories per day. Over the course of a year, the numbers will add up and translate into weight loss.
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