Water and Weight Loss

water

Glug, glug, glug……ahhhhh….soooooooo refreshing. That is usually my reaction after drinking a nice, tall glass of cold water on a hot day.

So, let’s get the basics out of the way first. I am sure most people by now know that our bodies are made up of about 50-60% water. Often wonder why you don’t hear or feel that much water moving in your bodies as you move around? That is because the majority of the water is actually contained in our cells and attached to molecules like proteins and carbohydrates. What is the function of water within our bodies and cells?

Water has many roles and functions in our bodies:

Graphic showing what water is for in a human body.
(USGS Science for a Changing World)
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Moistens tissues in the eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Protects body organs and tissues
  • Transports nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Provides lubrication to joints
  • Helps dissolves minerals and nutrients for use by the body

Did you know that you lose water everyday when you breathe, sweat, cry, go to the bathroom, etc? This is why it is important to hydrate with water throughout the day. For your body to perform optimally, you must replenish the water lost throughout the day. The Mayo Clinic recommends women drink 11.5 cups of water daily and men drink 15.5 cups daily. I bet these recommendations are higher than you thought they would be! It is easier than you think to reach these numbers, though. Sometimes people confuse hunger cues with thirst cues. Start by drinking water when you think you may be hungry. Wait a bit to see if the hunger feeling subsides. If so, then your body was telling you that you were dehydrated.

By now I am sure you are asking how water plays a role in weight loss. It sort of continues with knowing your body’s cues. Water helps you feel fuller so you ultimately eat less. Bottom line is that by drinking one or two cups of water before and during each meal will not only keep you hydrated, but will keep you fuller for longer. It is the easiest way to feel satiated and all you have to do is turn on the tap!

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