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Losing weight fast benefits from proper hydration

Drinking plenty of water is one way to not only promote weight loss, but also to improve overall health. Simply, without water the body does not work well.

Without good hydration, exercise that can lead to long-term, sustainable weight loss is less effective.

And if you’re in the early stages of a weight loss program, don’t be fooled by dramatic post-workout reductions. You may just have lost water weight.

But, staying hydrated is one 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 affects of water loss.

Even a person losing 2 percent of his or her body weight from water loss can feel it: Reduced performance, increased fatigue, and less motivation are all signs of dehydration. Also, workouts seem harder, and motivation dips.

And, waiting until you’re thirsty to drink might be too late, because many people don’t drink enough to catch up with what the body actually needs.

Also, people who are just starting out with a workout, or athletes at the beginning of a season, are particularly susceptible.


 

Cutting out soda and drinking more water really can help you lose weight

Can substituting water for fruit juices and sodas really promote weight loss? For many people, the answer is clear: yes.

In recent decades, Americans’ began consuming more sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juices. In fact, for many people these drinks make up about 10 percent of their daily calories.

And while sweet drinks have become more popular, milk consumption has fallen. It’s one example of changing dietary habits.

The result? Studies show increasingly solid evidence tying soda and fruit juice consumption to weight gain.

Meanwhile, fewer studies show the effects of water intake, but drinking more H2O has been proposed as one way to combat bulging waistlines.

Drinking more water might not only provide a sense of fullness—easing hunger cravings—but also reduce calories by substituting for sweeter, more fattening drinks.

And, several studies have backed up the idea, and expanded the findings to other popular beverages.

Substituting water, coffee and diet drinks for sugar-laden beverages did show benefits for managing long-term weight gain.

Yes, coffee—no, not the sugar-laden versions from the local barista—is better for most people than sugary drinks. Researches believe coffee consumption can force the body to burn more energy.

Green tea showed similar results, although it’s a choice few American’s make.

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