As the weather starts to warm up, we start to think about getting Summer bodies. And also need to be drinking more water to keep hydrated. When you’re hydrated you think, feel and move better.
BUT did you know that drinking more water can help lose weight and tone up. AND it’s one thing that you can change NOW.
TODAY and start to lose more weight and tone up. ^^^ It’s one of the StrongHer basics. We talk about it A LOT as it’s in YOUR control and has HUGE benefits.
Get this consistently right and it can help: ~have more energy ~look younger ~lose weight ~sleep better ~improve your digestion ~improve your skin? Nails? Hair
How does Water Work in the Body? Ready for some Geeking?
On a normal day we lose about 1.5 litres of water in urine, 750ml through the skin, 400ml through breath and 150ml in faeces. …. Yes I said faeces! So really that means as a minimum you need to replace that same amount of water. Being even mildly dehydrated, can really affect weight loss.
As we often mistake thirst for hunger … our body is asking for something and we assume food. At around 3% dehydration, mental and physical performance is REALLY affected. A quick check if your urine is clear that’s GOOD. If it’s often yellowy you need to drink more. … Yes I said urine too lol!
Why is water so Important for Losing Weight and Toning Up?
First, let’s look at what role it plays in our body. Water makes up close to 75% of our body, and our organs contain an even higher percentage of water. The liver, for example, is nearly 95% comprised of water. And our blood has the same salinity as ocean water.
So it’s an essential part of how we’re made. Water is our transport system and shuttles nutrients throughout our body and helps wash out toxins. It helps to break down the water-soluble vitamins, and it regulates our body temperature. So even more important during the Summer to stay hydrated. Water lubricates our joints, helps with digestion, and promotes healthy skin.
It helps with metabolism, the bodies thermostat and The list of benefits from water are endless. It plays a role in every chemical reaction within our cells.
Drinking Water Reduces Water Retention … the Bloaty Bits
When your body doesn’t get enough water, it holds onto what it has. Water retention is the result. This is a simple survival mechanism. Your body has a tendency to hold onto and store what it doesn’t think it will get in the future. Almost in the same way the body holds fat when you don’t eat enough.
^^^ Read why Diets ALWAYS fail here.
Once you start drinking more water, your body recognises that it is getting a steady external supply, and it starts letting go of the water weight it’s been holding.
Water Makes You a More Efficient Fat Burner
Do you remember that fact earlier that your liver is nearly 95% water? I can’t tell you enough how important your liver is to your body. The liver breaks down toxins and removes them from the body. It’s kinda like the fat burning furnace in our bodies. So we want it to work at it’s best … water helps this. It stores fat-soluble vitamins. And most importantly for the purpose of this article, it has a huge role in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. What does water have to do with the liver?
With the liver being so important for fat burning and losing weight, staying hydrated becomes a basic of toning up. When you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys, doesn’t work as well. As a result, your liver has to pick up the slack. If your liver has to work twice as hard to remove toxins, fat burning will not happen … it’s becomes secondary. Studies have shown that just slight dehydration can hugely impact exercise performance.
Sometimes being hydrated is the difference between getting those last two reps, putting an extra five pounds on the bar, or running that mile 30 seconds faster. It may not seem like much of a difference, but being so busy and committing to training why wouldn’t you make the most of that time and get the best workout possible?
That better workout you had being hydrated, just built you some muscle. In return, that muscle is now burning more fat for you, even while you rest.
How much water should you drink to lose weight and tone up?
We like to KISS … don’t panic I mean Keep it StrongHer Simple (KISS). For each 25kg of bodyweight you should drink a litre of water. Sound like a lot? Try having a glass with each meal or fill a water bottle and have it with you.
Add another glass each day. Add a lemon, lime, or orange slice to your water if you need some flavour. Just make sure you are drinking enough of the most important liquid in the world.
StrongHer Top 6 Water Tips:
I know how busy you are so just to summarise, here’s the StrongHer top 6 Water Tips… it even rhymes!
1) We are 75% water and need it to be at our best, physically and mentally. Thirst can also be mistaken for hunger.
2) Water is our transport system and plays an vital role in:
- Temperature control
- Energy levels
- Fat burning and removing toxins from the body.
- Digestion and breaking down food.
- Mental concentration
3) Aim for drinking 1 litre of water for each 25kg of bodyweight.
4) Add some lemon or lime to add taste, or different fruit and herbs e.g strawberry and mint.
5) Buy a water bottle and carry it round with you. Try to avoid tap water and have bottled instead. Let’s get QUALITY.
6) Fruit teas and hot drinks count, CAFFEINE doesn’t. Try to avoid fizzy drinks and cordials that have a lot of sugar.
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