Can Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

Posted by Chris Tracey on 07 May, 2015

A glance at the internet will show anyone a virtual avalanche of diet books and weight loss plans. It’s certainly no secret that a sizeable percentage of Americans are overweight, if not downright obese, and most of these people would dearly love to get rid of those excess pounds. As it turns out, drinking water is actually a great way to accomplish this.

Most of us do not drink as much water as we should and tend to go through each day slightly dehydrated. While the connection between being thirsty and being hunger may not be too apparent, the two are easy to confuse and those in need of a glass of water will often reach for a donut or bag of potato chips instead.

Let Water Help Your Weight Loss Plan

Most diets fail after a brief flurry of weight loss. The reason for this is that many of them are so weird and restrictive that no one can stick with them for long. After all, how long can you stand eating several pounds of lettuce a day, garnished with a bit of bran? Not only are many of these diets nutrient poor, but some will interfere with the functioning of important organs such as the liver or kidneys – how much simpler, and safer, to let water help you to lose weight. There are a number of ways in which water can help peel off those excess pounds.

  • A glass of water before a meal will fill you up so you will eat less.
  • Cold water speeds up your metabolism. When you drink cold water, your body responds by working harder to warm it up; a metabolism that is working harder will burn more calories than a sluggish one.
  • Water helps flush cholesterol out of your body.
  • In order for your digestive system to function properly, it needs an adequate amount of water. If you don’t drink enough, the system becomes sluggish and food remains in the stomach and intestines much longer than it should.
  • One of our most important organs, the liver, processes fat. However, the liver needs water in order to do this properly; drinking plenty of water will help your liver get the fat moving out of you as it should.
  • Oddly enough, when you fail to drink enough water, your body will actually hold onto what is in the system already. This can cause bloating and fluid retention, which will make you seem heavier than you really are.
  • Water helps to remove toxins and other harmful elements from the body that can interfere with normal metabolic processes.

Pure Water Is Best for Weight Loss

Although it’s obvious that drinking plenty of water can have a huge, positive impact on helping with weight loss, it’s equally important that you drink the right kind of water. Most water, that which comes from a municipal water supply or from a well, will contain some kind of pollutants such as:

  • Chlorine
  • Fluoride
  • Heavy metals
  • PCBs
  • Industrial or agricultural runoff

While the water in your glass may appear to be completely clear and, except in the case of chlorinated water, have an acceptable taste, these ‘additives’ can also have a negative impact on attempts at weight loss. Accumulation of these contaminants in drinking water can disrupt the normal functioning of the kidneys and liver, which will impact the ability of the body to remove toxins and process fats and other nutrients.

Fortunately, it’s possible and easy to drink water that will be pure and clean. Water filters and purifiers are the answer to water that may be interfering with your ability to lose weight. Whether you rely on water filter bottles, a countertop or undersink water filter or a whole house filtration system, filtered water will provide you with a refreshing drink that will help your body function normally and assist with your weight loss plan.

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