Why Water Is Important to Your Weight Loss

Water is the basic component of all life, and is important for you to achieve your maximum health levels. Human beings today have at their fingertips a wealth of information, and regarding fitness, health, and weight loss, we are probably more informed than at any time in history. But did you know these important statistics about water and the human body?

• The average adult human body is composed of 60 to 70% water.

• Your internal water levels help control your body’s temperature.

• A healthy adult needs 9 cups (women) to 13 cups (men) of water daily.

• Nearly every food or drink item you put in your body provides water.

• Blood is 92% water, and human muscles are 75% water.

It is easy to see that water is incredibly important to human life, and ingesting the right water levels is also extremely important for proper and healthy weight loss. The human body unfortunately can not differentiate very well between hunger and thirst. This is why so many individuals grab a snack or something else to eat when the body is actually just asking for more water.

Then after eating, the body is still thirsty, so that individual believes he or she is still hungry. They eat more, they gain weight and fat, and their bodies are still unhealthy because they desire more water.

As an associate professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech University, Dr. Brenda Davy showed that when her research participants drank two glasses of water from 20 to 30 minutes before each meal, they not only lost weight more quickly initially, but they also lost a greater amount of weight than the test subjects that did not drink water before meals.

In another obesity study linked to water which Doctor Davy had published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, people drinking water just before a meal ate 75 fewer calories each meal on average. If done before just lunch and dinner for one year, this could amount to as many as 14.5 pounds of weight loss!

And since when the human body is only 1% dehydrated it instantly decreases metabolism, weight gain immediately follows.

Do not forget, as mentioned above, water is found in basically all foods and liquids that human beings eat and drink. So if you simply cannot stomach the thought of drinking several glasses of water each and every day, incorporate soups, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products into your diet. These foods are very high in water content, and they assist in losing weight because they lower the overall calorie density in your meals. This means that you cut calories, add much needed water, and lose weight all at once.

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