Can Water Really Help Weightloss?

New Study Shows Connection Between Water And Weightloss

We’ve all heard that to be healthy we need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Do we do it? It turns out that many of us do not. There has long been an idea that there is a connection between drinking enough water and weightloss. Now a new study is out that makes a strong connection. Take a look at what the study found.

That recommendation isn’t new — but it suddenly got some serious evidence to back it up. A study of nearly 10,000 adults ages 18 to 64 shows that staying hydrated by drinking water and eating more water-loaded fruits and vegetables could help with weight management, especially if you’re overweight or obese…

…Being dehydrated can mess with your mental, physical and emotional health. Numerous studies show attention, memory and mood can be damaged, and physical distress such as headaches, constipation and kidney problems can result…

…They found that staying hydrated — which helps your heart pump blood more efficiently to your muscles, which then makes them work more efficiently — was especially important for anyone with a body mass index (BMI) over 25, which is technically overweight and unfortunately applies to all too many of us. In fact, two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese.

“We found hydration and BMI/obesity are associated,” said Chang. “A bigger person needs more water than a smaller person to stay hydrated.”

“It could be that those people with higher BMI are more likely to be inadequately hydrated or that those that stay well hydrated are less likely to be obese.” – CNN 

It’s Not Just Water Anymore!

If you are thinking I’m not going to force myself to down an ocean of water, nothing could be farther from the truth!

Yes, water is great! It’s important to drink actual water during your day, before meals, etc. However, you’ll see here that there are other ways to add hydration to your life in a healthy and enjoyable way!

Take this advice and increase your hydration with water and the other healthy suggestions here and watch your weightloss begin!

So how can you tell if you’re drinking enough water? Instead of sticking to a cup-per-day recommendation, Chang says the most reliable way to tell is to check the color of your urine. If it’s light, almost the color of water, then you likely are, but if it’s dark, you need to step up your water intake.

Drinking plain water isn’t the only way to do that. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with water and have far more than processed foods. A cup of sliced radishes has half a cup of water, while a 2-cup serving of watermelon—not to mention a single cucumber—both have more than a cup of water. “They’re good for you because of their nutritional value, but you’re improving your hydration as well,” Chang says. – Time 

Are you staying hydrated according to Dr. Chang’s test?

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