Helps drinking water lose weight

This is how water helps you lose weight

Why easy if complicated is another option? Most of the time, weight loss is about eating. In doing so, we usually lose sight of the most important of all nutrients: water. It's a shame, because water is probably the most effective of all fat burners. Yes, you read that right - water helps you lose weight, is super cheap and you can get it almost anywhere.

Water is very important for your performance and your success in training. You can eat as disciplined as you want: If you are dehydrated, your training is for the cat.

Regardless of whether you want to gain weight, lose weight or tone: water is the cheapest, easiest and most effective way to optimize your metabolism.

Why is water so important?

Your body is mostly made up of water. It makes up 60 to 70 percent of your body weight. Water regulates your body temperature and transports nutrients to where they are needed. You need it to think, digest, breathe and do a lot more.

Can I lose weight with water?

Yes you can! Because drinking water triggers several effects that help you lose weight:

  1. You will consume fewer calories by drinking water before you eat. Because water doesn't affect insulin levels, it can't fill you up. But it fills your stomach so that less of it fits in when you eat. According to studies, drinking a large glass of water before meals reduces the average calorie intake by 13%.
  2. You save liquid calories by replacing juice and soft drinks with water. If you stop consuming calorie-containing drinks, it has a huge effect on your weight loss success. A glass of orange juice has 150 calories, no less than lemonade and cola. Or milk coffee: the daily latte macchiato (with low-fat milk) has an additional 200 kilocalories. Calculated over the year, this corresponds to 10 kilograms of body fat!Avoiding calorie-containing drinks should be a basic rule for anyone who wants to lose weight!
  3. You will be less hungry if you simply drink water instead of cola and juices. Juices, soft drinks & Co. have a second catch: they contain sugar and therefore drive your blood sugar level up. Because after consuming sugar - whether in solid or liquid form - your body releases insulin, which promotes fat build-up and blocks fat breakdown. The nasty thing about it: sugary drinks stimulate insulin levels even faster than carbohydrates in solid meals, and they also cause higher insulin peaks. In other words, sugar water prevents your body from breaking down fat. If you drink water regularly instead, your insulin level will remain and your body fat will melt faster.
  4. Your body burns more calories from drinking. Some studies suggest this effect. The metabolic rate increases by 24-30% 30-60 minutes after drinking cold water. Why this is so has not yet been researched. This effect is only short-term and is not enough for effective fat loss alone - but at least it is. By drinking cold water regularly, you could achieve an additional weight loss of 1.2 to 2.5 kilograms per year.

How much should i drink a day?

Your body loses around 2.5 liters per day through metabolic processes. So this is the minimum that you have to "refuel" every day. But it is not enough for optimal fat loss. Because to compensate for a deficiency does not mean to be optimally taken care of. After all, you don't always drive your car with an almost empty tank.

For an optimal water supply when losing weight, I recommend drinking 3 to 4 liters of water per day.

On training days or in midsummer you should of course drink more to compensate for the fluid loss. Weigh yourself before and after your workout to get a sense of how much you're sweating. And of course you should also adjust your water consumption to your height and weight.

Can i drink too much water?

Health organizations do not give recommendations for the maximum amount you drink because "water poisoning" is simply extremely unlikely. You should be drinking 6 liters or more in a short amount of time.

3 to 4 liters per day, correspondingly more on training days, is the perfect amount. Every further liter brings you no more advantages.

My conclusion

Drinking enough water every day is one of the easiest and most effective ways to lose weight. We also recommend drinking at least 3 liters per day in the GYMONDO nutrition programs.

Of course, there is more to effective and permanent weight loss than just healthy water consumption. You can find more tips on losing weight in Chrissy's video “5 Reasons Why You Don't Lose Weight”!

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Carolin Hobler

Carolin is a group fitness expert and yoga teacher. Her texts revolve around topics and questions that she comes across as a trainer again and again.
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