Do You Drink Enough Water Every Day?

Man on a Walk Drinking Water

Whether you're dieting or trying to maintain your weight loss, there's a secret weapon in your arsenal that you may have overlooked – water. Although all of the beverages you drink help maintain hydration and keep your kidneys functioning, water has some specific benefits you might not have considered.

Zero calories. That's right, water has no calories, which means it will relieve your thirst without any worries about adding to your calorie intake. And, unlike soft drinks or even fruit juices, it doesn't contain sugars that can upset your insulin balance or acids that can increase your risk of tooth decay.

Waste (as well as waist) management. When you're eating real food, as recommended by the Metabolic Research Center, your diet is going to be fairly high in fiber. That's a good thing, and water helps that fiber move along out of your system. On the other hand, water doesn't have a diuretic effect like tea or coffee. Water also helps wash out the ketones you produce when you're actively losing weight.

Snack suppression. Your brain can sometimes have trouble deciding if those signals the body is sending are because you're hungry or because you're thirsty. The concept of staying ahead of your thirst is important in weight loss and weight management. Keep water readily available and sip frequently to maintain your body's fluid levels.

So how much should you drink? For most people, six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is about right (this is in addition to any other fluids you drink). Don't get carried away, however - too much water can cause serious problems. If your tap water doesn't taste very good, try letting it stand uncovered overnight to allow off flavors to dissipate. You could also add a couple of tablespoons of juice or a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to spark up the flavor. These strategies will help you keep sipping and losing weight.



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