Chances are, you’ve heard before that to increase your rate of fat loss success, you should be consuming more water throughout the day.
But, let’s face the facts. Drinking glass after glass of the clear stuff gets very boring, very fast. So you wonder, just how important is water for reaching your weight loss goals?
As much as you may not want to hear it, very important. Here are the many ways that water helps to enhance weight loss success.
Water And Energy
The first way that water will influence you is with regards to your energy levels. Even slight levels of dehydration to the tune of 1-2% of your body weight can negatively impact your energy level as well as the performance you are able to give in the gym.
If dehydration means that you aren’t able to push as hard in your workout sessions, this may mean that you aren’t going to get the calorie burn that you otherwise would, thus you’ll decrease the overall results that you see.
By staying well hydrated, you can boost your energy level and thus put in a better overall workout performance.
Water And Your Metabolic Rate
Second, water will also influence your resting metabolic rate. Those who are in a state of dehydration throughout the day may not burn as many calories doing all their daily lifestyle activities and as such, this can mean lower total rates of fat burning.
Your resting metabolic rate is one of the most powerful factors that dictates the speed in which you are burning fat, so it’s something that you really do want to be doing your best to maximize.
Hydration is one key component of that. Unfortunately, many people don’t even realize they are suffering from a suppressed metabolic rate and instead, chalk their weight loss frustration up to something they are doing wrong.
Water And Hunger
Which brings us to another key area that water can help you manage – hunger. Often, when you reach of for a snack, it isn’t actual hunger you are feeling, but rather thirst.
Many people mistake thirst for hunger and eat when they really just needed to drink some water.
Try this exercise next time you’re feeling a case of the munchies coming on. Drink one tall cold glass of water and wait for 10 minutes. If you still want to eat after that, go ahead but most of the time, you’ll find you don’t.
If you are snacking more frequently than you should because you are mistaking thirst for hunger, this leads to a higher calorie intake and as such, may even lead to weight gain.
Water And Ridding Yourself Of Waste
Not just applicable to those who are trying to lose weight, but rather, to everyone, water is also important for helping with the removal of waste build-up in the body.
If you aren’t having regular bowel movements, it could be, at least in part, due to lack of water consumption. Dehydration often leads to constipation and when this occurs, all that waste is going to sit inside your system, which can eventually become quite toxic.
This can influence your energy levels, your mood, and in time, could even influence how well your organs are functioning.
It’s important to be drinking a steady supply of water to help remove all the built-up toxins from your body and ensure every process in your body is taking place at an optimal rate.
If it isn’t, this too can sway your fat loss results.
Water And Recovery
Finally, the last way that water can influence the weight loss results you see is in terms of recovery. Water is required for proper protein synthesis to take place and this protein synthesis is what will help with the rebuilding and repair of lean muscle mass tissue.
If you are not making a complete recovery after your workout sessions, this may mean you need to spend more time outside of the gym, thus you’ll see slower overall results.
This can also influence how strong you feel on a day to day basis as well, impacting your general well-being.
So as you can see, water does play a very important role in your fat loss progress. You want to be drinking around 8 glasses of water per day as a baseline level, adding more water to this if you are exercising or sweating heavily.
Remember that you don’t necessarily have to be drinking plain water for this to count. If you have a high intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, or are consuming reduced sodium broth based soups, this too can count towards your daily water intake.
Just remember, if you are going to drink any beverages besides water, you must count the calories they contain as part of your total daily calorie intake. Some people make the mistake of consuming beverages such as fruit juice, milk, or high calorie smoothies thinking this is going to help them stay hydrated but if they aren’t tracking the calories they contain, it’ll just cause weight gain.
Water is a critical part of any weight loss program, so focus on doing your best to get your daily quota met. If you really struggle drinking plain water, consider adding a slice of lemon or lime to a pitcher, letting it stand for about an hour or two and then drinking. It’ll give it some natural flavor that may make it more palatable.