Trying to lose weight? Use this magic drink smartly and watch excess fat melt away!
Drink more water to lose weight: You’ve heard that more than once, haven’t you? But the question you’re left with is does it really help? For all those who are confused, the answer is: YES!
Drinking water does promote weight loss. It not only boosts your metabolism, but flushes away the unwanted toxins from your body and also kills unwanted hunger pangs. When you drink the right quantity of water, your body stops retaining excess water and you eventually drop that unwanted water weight.
Here’s how you can incorporate water into your daily routine and make the most of its weight loss benefits.
1. Drink up before you eat your meals
According to WebMD, drinking water before a meal reduces your intake by 75 calories. If you do the math, that adds up to over 27,000 calories a year! This essentially means you can drop about 4 kgs per year just by drinking water before a meal. Now just imagine if you were to do that before every meal! What a jackpot, right?
2. Drink your water chilled
There is always debate over whether one should drink cold, luke warm or hot water to lose weight. According to WebMD, you can burn more calories by drinking ice cold water because your body works harder to warm the water up. So this summer, pack your body with chilled water and reap more than just its refreshing benefits.
3. Replace colas, sodas and other calorie-packed drinks with water
Don’t drink excess calories. This is one of the basic thumb rules of weight loss. To boost weight loss efforts, ditch the sugar-filled sodas and tetra pack juices and replace them with water. Researchers claim that a glass of water with lemon juice promotes weight loss because the pectin in lemon reduces food cravings. So, give up on those Cokes and Pepsis and see what a huge difference that makes.
4. Get some physical activity
When you add some physical activity to your daily routine, the chances of drinking more water increase. Water helps in preventing muscle cramps and keeps your joints lubricated so you can work out for longer stretches. After any workout, drink enough water to replenish what your body has lost.
5. How much is enough?
The biggest confusion about drinking water for weight loss is about how much one needs to consume. The formula used to be 8 ounces (close to 250 ml) of water 8 times a day. But scientists now believe that the correct water intake varies from individual to individual. According to WebMD, on average one should drink ‘between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.’
Don’t get confused. Essentially, this means that if you weigh 70 kgs, then you need to have about 3 to 4 litres of water a day. The amount of water will increase depending on physical activity and temperature levels.
Top Tip: One way to check if you’re giving your body enough water is by monitoring the colour of your urine. A general rule is: the darker the urine, the more water you need to drink, especially if losing weight is your goal. Now, c’mon there’s really nothing ewww about this!
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