The secret to drinking water for weight loss revealed by Waterford Live's expert fitness nutrition.
How does water help you lose weight?
Drinking water may be the most important piece to the weight loss puzzle. Water helps eliminate toxins through urination, carries nutrients to cells and prevents dehydration. The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently, and water helps the body metabolize and burn fat. Water plays a major role in how every single cell, tissue and organ in our body operates and is important to almost every bodily function.
Water contains no calories, fat or cholesterol and is low in sodium. It is nature's appetite suppressant, and it helps the body to metabolize fat. Current research shows that low water intake yields an increase in fat deposits. Conversely, high water intake reduces the amount of fat deposits. Without enough water, the kidneys will not function properly. As a result, some of their workload is pushed off onto the liver, in turn preventing the liver from operating at peak levels.
How does all this tie into weight loss? Because metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver, and because the liver can't function at peak levels when taking on the added workload from the kidneys, less body fat is metabolized and more is stored. If the liver does not have sufficient water it cannot reach total productivity and will not metabolize fat efficiently, leading fat to store in the body. This leads to either weight gain or reaching a plateau of weight loss. To increase your ability to metabolize fat and lose weight, you should drink plenty of clean water to improve your kidney and liver functions.
Not drinking enough can make you gain weight!
When your body is not getting enough water it holds on to what it has, resulting in water retention. As a simple survival mechanism your body has a tendency to hold onto and store what it doesn’t think it will get in the future. Once your body recognises that it is getting a steady supply of water it will release the water weight it has been holding. Water weight is stored in your waist, face and ankles and is released when there is no longer a reason for your body to store it.
Challenge yourself and create a goal. Start off slow and don’t try drink massive amounts of water a day or you will spend most of your day in the loo.
Start with an extra glass for a week and then up it by another glass the week after. Try to take in at least 2.5 litres of water a day and you will notice the difference for yourself.
Defence Forces sniper instructor Peter O’Halloran won Ireland’s Best Fitness Nutritionist/Dietician award at the Irish Fitness Industry Awards 2018 and Best Use of Social Media by a Gym/Personal Trainer at the Social Media Awards 2018.