Water is the primary essence of life. Our body weight is 60% water and is utilised by our cells, tissues, and organs to regulate body temperature and several other vital bodily functions. As we go about our daily tasks, our body consistently loses water in the form of sweat, through breathing etc. This makes it increasingly crucial for us to remain constantly well-hydrated. While a hydrated body is like a well-oiled machine that functions seamlessly, a dehydrated one is that which will consistently perform sub-optimally.
Can water help you shed those extra inches?
While there is no denying that water plays several important roles in the proper functioning of our body, the most desirable is its role in weight management. In this nationally representative, recent sample of US adults, inadequate hydration was associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) and obesity among adults aged 18 to 64 years. 1 “The foremost advice that is given to any person wishing to lose weight, is to consume more water. This advice is not some fad that people blindly follow, instead, there is a staunch scientific reasoning behind water promoting weight loss. Drinking sufficient quantities of water influences body weight in two ways – first, it decreases one’s appetite, and second, it speeds up the break down of fats, a process called as lipolysis. 2 Both these effects contribute to weight loss.”
Additionally, Dr. Chanda Gokhale, Doctorate in Food Science and Nutrition, points out that the amount of water that a person should consume on a daily basis is governed by a host of factors such as their individual body weight, the climate, the individual’s level of physical activity, etc. “The 2010 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommend water intake of 2500 ml/day for men and 2000ml/day for women. The 2004 U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM) recommend water intake of 3700 ml/day for men and 2700ml/day for women. 3 However, if you are looking to lose weight then you need to increase your water intake based on the amount of physical activity you perform.”
A study demonstrated that the absolute and relative increase in drinking water was associated with a significant loss of body weight and fat over time, in overweight dieting women. Additionally, it was shown that people who drank 1.5 L of water each day for a few weeks had a significant reduction in body weight, body mass index, waist circumference and body fat. This decrease was independent of diet and activity.
So, how does water promote weight loss?
Reduces your appetite
Scientific studies in older adults consuming hypocaloric diet (a diet in which you eat fewer calories than you burn) or a low-calorie diet, have shown that drinking water before a meal may increase fullness, thereby promoting reduction in meal energy intake. This leads to lesser calorie consumption and in turn may promotes weight loss.
Increase in metabolism
Besides there is an increase in lipolysis (the process of breakdown of fats) with increased drinking of water indicating and, by inference, an increase in metabolism. An increase in metabolism is one likely mechanism for the weight loss effect because this can lead to increased mitochondrial function and energy production occurs in mitochondria.
Reduces calorie intake
Since water is a zero-calorie beverage, drinking water does not increase your calorie count. Hence when you opt for a bottle of water instead of sweetened beverages tea/coffee, you automatically consume lesser calories.
But drink pure water, not just any water!
Irrespective of whether or not you are drinking water as a part of your weight loss regime, it is to consume well purified water. Drinking contaminated or tap water can increase risks for infections, similarly, drinking water from unknown sources or locally packaged companies could threaten your overall wellbeing. Thus it is always a good idea to opt for packaged mineral water from reputed companies who adhere
to strict quality processes.
Take home message
Drinking water can be helpful in reducing weight. It helps burn fat, supresses hunger, and helps you cut back on those extra calories. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and drinking adequate pure water will help you maintain a good lifestyle and safeguard your health.
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