Water - the key to weight loss

Hi Guys,

Whenever I'm asked for advice about nutrition and weight loss, the first thing I say is “drink more water”. It sounds simple, but the fact is that too many people simply don’t drink enough of it. It’s vital for everything we do and being de-hydrated can have serious repercussions for your health and your waistline.

Here are several good reasons to drink more water:

Water helps us lose weight. Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger. It is an effective appetite suppressant so you’re less likely to go to the vending machine and binge on the sugary snacks within.

Water can act as a pain relief. You may be surprised to know that headaches and back pain are commonly associated with dehydration. When you drink enough water, you also feel less cramps because proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated. So drink more water and you’ll have less need for painkillers.

Water also makes us look younger. Our skin looks younger when it is well hydrated because dehydration brings about skin wrinkling. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increase skin elasticity.

Water gives us better concentration. If you drink enough water, you are more productive at work. Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and concentrate more.

Water fights illness. It boosts the body to fight against flu and infection. Drinking lots of water can also help prevent the formation of kidney stones. It also provides resistance to respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis.

Water boosts our energy levels. It’s a fact that if you drink enough water, you feel less fatigued. Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products. If your body lacks water, your vital organs need to work harder to perform their jobs. And when your organs are exhausted, so are you.

How much water should you drink a day?
You need to drink 1.5 - 2 litres of water each day. That’s four of the average-sized bottles you see on supermarket shelves. I recommend having a water bottle on your desk as it makes it easy to keep tabs on how much you've had to drink.

So the next time you’re thirsty, don’t automatically reach for the fizzy drinks. They're loaded with sugar and sweeteners which, if drunk to excess, can do damage to your body. Drinking plenty of water is much more beneficial.

As ever, give me a shout if you've got any questions.

Take it easy

Tony

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