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Hydration Can Help Speed Weight Loss

Drinking plenty of water is one way to not only promote weight loss, but also to improve overall health. Without water the body can't function.

Without proper hydration, you can't get the most out of exercise intended to promote long-term weight loss. And if you’re in the early stages of a weight loss program, don’t be fooled by dramatic post-workout reductions - you probably have just lost a bit of water weight.

But, staying hydrated is essential to meeting long-term weight-loss goals.

During challenging events, athletes might sweat off between 6 percent and 10 percent of their body weight. It’s enough to cause dehydration. But you don’t have to run a marathon for your body to experience the effects of water loss.

Even a person who loses 2 percent of his or her body weight from water loss can feel the effects, including: reduced performance, increased fatigue, and low motivation.

It may be too late to hydrate if you wait until you feel thirsty. Many people don’t drink enough to catch up with what the body actually needs even when they experience thirst. Everyone from well-trained athletes to those beginning a workout regimen are susceptible to the effects of dehydration.


 

Cut out Soda, Drink More Water

Can substituting water for fruit juices and sodas really promote weight loss? For many people, it can.

In recent decades, Americans have been consuming more beverages and fruit juices sweetened with added sugar. For many, these drinks make up about 10 percent of their daily calories. While sweet drinks have become more popular, milk consumption has fallen. It’s just one example of changing dietary habits.

Studies show increasingly solid evidence linking soda and fruit juice consumption to weight gain. Unfortunately, far fewer studies show the positive effects of water intake. Still, drinking more water is one potential way to combat bulging waistlines.

Drinking more water may not only ease hunger but also reduce calorie intake. Substituting water, coffee, and diet drinks for sugary beverages can improve long-term weight management.

Even black coffee contributes more to healthy weight loss than sugary drinks. Researches also believe that coffee consumption can force the body to burn more energy. Green tea showed similar results, but it has not reached the same popularity in America as it has in other countries.

If you’re interested in losing weight, drink more water and turn down sugary drinks. And maybe consider a cup of coffee, as well.