Drink Water, Lose Weight
Water is one of the best-kept weight loss secrets, and lucky for us, here in Canada we have clean water in abundance at a twist of the tap! Here are just a few of the ways that water is vital for healthy living and makes losing weight easier.
Drink more. Lose more.
You’ve no doubt heard of the 8-glasses-of-water-a-day rule, but do you know why it exists? It’s not because water flushes away fat (it does flush away waste and toxins); that’s a myth. Water actually makes you feel fuller, so you’ll eat less. Eating healthy all starts with water, as it quenches your thirst without all the calories of sugar-packed sodas and juices. Studies show that those who drink more water weigh less, and they lose weight more quickly than people who don’t get their daily requirement of good old H2O.
Eight glasses a day keeps hunger at bay.
Hungry? Before you race to the vending machine, take a minute to pause and assess your body’s signals; you could be confusing hunger for thirst. Your brain actually emits a hunger signal when you’re dehydrated, so the body thinks that it needs food when what it’s really asking for is water. Plus, the symptoms of dehydration (weakness, dizziness, etc.) mimic those of hunger, so try drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes before reaching for a snack.
Tips to lose weight and help you stay hydrated:
- Learn to recognize signs of dehydration: fatigue, loss of appetite, flushed skin, intolerance to heat, light-headedness, dry mouth, and dark, strong-smelling urine.
- Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning for general healthy living.
- Help curb hunger and overeating by drinking a big glass of water before meals.
- Not a fan of plain water? Infuse your water with lemon or lime, or try it with our vitamin-infused Revitalize.
- Always carry a filled, reusable water bottle with you.
- Drink ½ to 1 cup of water every 15 minutes while exercising.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until you’re thirsty to grab a drink of water! Sipping throughout the day will help you stay hydrated and keep your weight loss in check.