The one thing that can be consumed with no restrictions when you are on a diet is water. In fact, it’s proven that water can help you lose weight.

Here’s how:

It controls appetite and leaves you feeling full

While it doesn’t stay long in the stomach, if you drink water regularly you will be able to sustain a feeling of fullness for longer periods.

It reduces food cravings

If you’re longing for a snack that takes you off your diet, drink a glass of water instead and wait for 10 minutes. In all probability, you’ll find your cravings have disappeared because you’ll feel full.

It energises you

Staying hydrated helps improve focus, which in turn gives you the energy to stay on course with your weight loss programme. If you are tired all the time, chances are you won’t be able to diet or exercise. Less water intake also slows digestion, decreases fat metabolism and can leave you feeling bloated and tired.

It has zero calories

And by drinking water you are essentially reducing your intake of other drinks, some of which may contain calories and sugar.

It prevents water retention

Dehydration can make you look fat and bloated instead of thin and taut. When you drink less water, your body retains existing water for reuse. This is what experts call water weight. Which is why one of the best ways to lose water weight is by drinking lots of water.

So how much water should you be drinking? The eight glasses a day requirement has long been replaced by a new measure – 15 glasses a day for men (3.7 litres) and 11 for women (2.7 litres). If you exercise regularly, you will probably need more water per day.

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Written by Neha Jain

Neha Jain

She may have multiple degrees to back her expertise, but Neha Jain believes there’s nothing complex about nutrition. There is no magic formula for a healthy diet – the trick lies in balancing a variety of food groups and ensuring you’re eating the right portion size. With an MSc in Food and Nutrition from Delhi University and diplomas in naturopathy and yogic sciences, Neha is also a certified diabetes educator with extensive experience in endocrinological disorders and weight reduction, having worked with renowned endocrinologist Dr Ambrish Mithal in Delhi. Her goal is to help people find easy ways to make healthy choices, and believes HealthifyMe has simplified her task with its technology. Neha’s made the right choices for her family – she’s helped her husband control his high cholesterol levels and borderline diabetes by changing the meal plan at home, and introducing him to regular exercise – and now she’s hoping to ‘healthify’ you too.

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  1. It is very true drinking water can help you lose weight. You have clearly mentioned how drinking water can help you lose weight. I appreciate your writing skills. It is also important to drink clean and safe water for good health. I drink filtered water of Pureit Ro water Purifier.

  2. This article is so Interesting. Many Times I told my mom for Drink water But Never Understand me but your article is proof that water can help to lose weight

  3. Hi Neha,

    You have shared every single thing about how water can help us lose weight. Except this, it also improves our metabolism system. Overall article was awesome and interesting. Keep writing more article like this. Hope for your health blogging success.