Question: I’m struggling with my weight loss diet. I mean I’m sticking with my calorie counts, but the weight loss is really slow going. I’ve read that drinking water can help with weight loss. Is that true and why?
Answer: Yes, it is possible that drinking more water throughout the day will help you lose weight. So why is that?
One possible reason for this weight loss could be that drinking more water could affect your metabolism, which would cause you to burn more calories.
But, I actually haven’t seen any evidence for that to be the reason for any weight loss.
I’ll add a few words; if your weight loss has slowed down it can be because you haven”t adjusted your calorie intake to this new weight your at now.
In other words, if you weighed 200 pounds and you wanted to lose weight and you were told that 1800 calories would be the right amount for you to lose weight; but now you weight 180 and your have more weight to lose. I was in this same spot a few years ago so I’m using my numbers as an example. I had this same problem and then I found out that with every 10 pounds you lose you have to lower your calorie intake so you keep losing. Once your body adjusts to those calories, which will take a while, your body will start hoarding calories because it thinks your starving and may need these calories later to survive. I had to drop to 1600 calories, but a word of advice, all calories are not equal so it might be more about what your eating then how many calories your eating.
Drinking water certainly helps you lose weight when it becomes a substitute for high-calorie beverages, such as sugary sodas and other sweet drinks. I mean, if you typically drink 12 ounces of soda each day, replacing it with water could easily save almost 1,000 calories each week and help you lose a little over a pound each month. I think this is probably the best explanation.
Some experts believe that feeling hungry may be an indicator that you need water.
I’m not sure if that’s true, but drinking water instead of eating a snack will reduce the calories you consume.
Finally, increasing your water intake before meals may help you watch your weight because it takes up space in your stomach. This, in turn, may reduce the amount of food you consume during a meal — at least if you’re middle age or older; studies don’t indicate that young people who drink water before a meal tend to eat less.
Best Ways to Drink More Water
You don’t have to drink plain tap water to avoid extra calories if you don’t like it. Mineral water works just fine, or you can add lemons or limes to your water for flavor. Herbal teas have virtually no calories unless you add sugar and milk. Other healthy beverages include 100-percent fruit juices, vegetable juices, and low-fat milk. They contain some calories but also offer lots of vitamins and minerals. It’s important to note that vegetable juices can be high in sodium.
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