Water is the most underrated health drink. This is perhaps because it is, at least the more developed nations, so readily available. But few can raise doubts as to its value for our health. However, there is more to this liquid than meets the thirst.
Not many people realize that drinking water can promote weight loss. Usually, water is associated with weight gain especially in reference to “water weight”. Drinking water does not by itself cause water weight.
Speaking of water weight, this is not what this post is about. Except for medical reasons and when cutting up for contest in case of bodybuilders and fitness competitors, losing water weight is usually not healthy.
In fact, the whole concept “weight loss” is a misnomer. What you want is “fat loss”.
As well, it may seem like a misnomer that you can drink water to lose weight. This is because of what is referred to as “water weight”. Bodybuilders refer to this when in off-season or when they are bulking up. However, what is typically being referred to is water retention or inability to lose water.
Also called edema or fluid retention, water retention refers to a condition whereby the body holds excessive water. This can cause puffiness and swelling.
How Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?
Drinking water is crucial to weight loss. Water by itself does not cause weight loss, but it plays a key role. And it offers a number of health benefits.
Drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes prior to a meal has been shown to help with weight loss for obese adults. This is because it can help curb hunger. Avoid drinking it too soon before a meal though, as it may dilute digestive juices needed to assimilate nutrients.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but drinking water on a regular basis can help you retain less water in your tissues.
Some say that you should drink your water ice-cold so your body can burn off some calories while warming it up. Not true. The energy expended during the heating up is too infinitesimal to make any difference. You can drink water at any temperature you’re comfortable with.