Do I Really Need to be Drinking Water to Lose Weight?
Q: Do I really need to be drinking water to lose weight?
A: YES you should definitely be drinking water to lose weight! 8 cups a day, or even more!
Drinking adequate water promotes what’s known as a thermogenic state, which increases your metabolic rate.
In a nutshell, this means that your body has enough hydration to work as efficiently as possible to carry out all of the activities it does on a daily basis, like repairing cells, digesting food, and yes, kicking into gear the ole metabolism.
Also, people often mistake thirst for hunger – so staying properly hydrated will help you recognize true hunger. When you stay properly hydrated by taking sips from your water bottle, you’re less likely to take a handful from your snack stash.
If drinking water to lose weight is too hard to swallow, here are some tried-and-true tricks of the trade:
- Drink water at room temperature and through a straw
- Add a slice of lemon, orange, cucumber or some berries to make it a tad more exciting
- Substitute unsweetened green tea or herbal teas to help meet your fluid goals (just don’t add sweetener)
- Try seltzer, if adding bubbles is the only way you’ll drink up
- Invest in a 32 oz bottle and fill ‘er up twice daily (the goal of drinking two bottles is motivating!)
Side note: You’ll know you’re doing a good job getting your fluids in if your urine is clear and odorless.
Keep at it! It takes time to change your behaviors and identify yourself as a water drinker but, I have faith – you can do it!