More Water, More Weight Loss
November 25, 2020 in
Healthy Eating by
Craig Primack MD FACP
In a lot of ways, losing weight is complicated and that is why many people turn to medical weight loss programs. There are many things to learn about healthy living. But there are some aspects of weight loss that couldn’t be any simpler. For example: drink more water.
Why Is Water So Important?
Water is a staple and is necessary for survival. In extreme circumstances, your body could go weeks without food and could survive. Without water is only going to last a couple of days.
Water supports the body in the following ways:
It acts as a lubricant. Water protects your tissues, spinal cord, and joints.
Water enables the body to excrete waste. The kidney, liver, and intestines rely on water to flush out waste. The removal of waste is actually an essential component of weight loss.
Saliva is mostly water. Without saliva, your body will have difficulty breaking down food for digestion. Saliva also helps reduce the risk of acid reflux and heartburn.
Without adequate water intake, the body will go into dehydration. This is a state when organs shut down until there are more fluids available. During your weight loss program, watching your fluid intake is important. More activity leads to more sweat, and that means more fluid loss. Increasing your fluid intake to prevent dehydration is a healthy and wise thing to do.
Water for Weight Loss
While water is necessary for survival and optimal health. It’s also a helpful tool to manage your diet during your weight loss program.
Drink Water Before a Meal
Studies found that drinking 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before a meal reduced calorie intake. Participants lost about 9 pounds on average over the course of the 12 weeks. This supports healthier portion sizes.
Participants were encouraged to eat healthily and think about weight loss during the study. But they were not given any of the sorts of support or program tools that you find in medical weight loss. The study found that the simple act of just drinking more water before a meal was enough to curb appetite and encourage weight loss.
This goes to show how much drinking water can help with your own weight loss goals. When combined with your medical weight loss program, you’re on the path to success.
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