Diet and Weight Loss

Weight loss: Exercise and diet may not help if you do not drink enough water to lose weight!

One safe way to avoid the diet mistake of drinking calories on weight loss is to drink water and avoid other beverages. However, How much water should you drink to lose weight and how much is too much?

Weight loss: How many glasses of water should you drink to lose weight and cut belly fat

Weight loss: How many glasses of water should you drink to lose weight and cut belly fat  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Weight loss is a difficult process. It requires you to be very active so you exercise and sweat those calories out, eat very particularly, according to your body type and how much weight you aim to lose, and practice proper care about what you drink and how many calories it contains.

One major mistake that people make on a weight loss diet is to drink their calories. They do not pay attention to how many calories their drinks have, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic and end up consuming too many. This can lead to little or no weight loss, in comparison to what you would have lost if you had not consumed these calories. One safe way to avoid this mistake is to drink water and avoid other beverages. However, How much water should you drink to lose weight and how much is too much?

First, water is extremely important for weight loss. Keeping your body hydrated has many benefits like better skin and healthier hair. Apart from these, water helps in boosting metabolism – a key component of losing weight. Water is important for all cellular processes and when your body does not have enough of it, these processes slow down. This can lead to weight gain. Another way water can help in losing weight is by keeping hunger pangs away. There can be times when you think you are extremely hungry and eat, whereas it could be an effect of being thirsty and only water could have solved the problem. This means you consumed the food without hunger, adding calories to your daily specific number that you are allowed to eat. Water also improves digestion and can, therefore, help in weight loss.

Now that it is established that you should drink water if you are trying to lose weight and that water helps in weight loss, let us address another question of how much water do we really need?

Initially, the norm was pretty standard – 8 ounces of water in a day for each one of us. However, recently, experts say that this may have changed. The need for water depends on your lifestyle, level of activity, place of living, size, and weight among others. In general, you should drink half to one ounce of water for every pound you weigh, but this differs if you live in a hot climate vs a cold climate, and have an active lifestyle vs a sedentary one.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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