Nobody is going to dispute that drinking water is good for you; in terms of not only hydration itself, but also the plethora of knock-on effects such as increased brain activity, awareness and attention span, the flushing of harmful toxins and even relief from headaches and migraines. One benefit you may not have realised, however, is weight loss.
When I say that water helps you lose weight, I don’t simply mean that replacing sugary, high calorie drinks with water will benefit you in this manner, that much is a given. I’m talking about a few other little tricks we can play on our bodies, turning an average glass of water into an active weight loss supplement.
There are a couple of different factors that play into why water can be used as such. The first, when you think about it, is actually pretty obvious; water takes up space, space that you might otherwise use for fatty/high calorie food. A glass or two of water before a meal will substantially reduce your appetite because of this. Eat less, weigh less is the basic principle at play here.
The second factor is that water actively helps the body with the breakdown and elimination of fat cells, as well as actually increasing the rate at which your body burns through its fat reserves. So, not only are you taking on fewer unwanted calories, you’re burning through them quicker as well.
My advice? The next time you’re browsing the supermarket shelves, sifting through an endless array of quick-fix weight loss supplements priced as if they’re made of diamond dust, stop, turn around, and grab a glass of water instead. You could shave off a few pounds in more ways than one.
Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.