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.
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 The eight glasses a day requirement has long been replaced by a new measure – 15 glasses a day for men (3.7 litres) and 11 for women (2.7 litres).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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