Losing Weight: Six Ways Drinking More Water Can Help

Drinking the right amount of water can pay huge dividends to your health. This article offers seven reasons why.

By Chris McCombs

Losing Weight: Six Ways Drinking More Water Can Help If you are trying to lose weight but are failing to pay attention to your water intake then you are making things much more difficult than they have to be. Here are some of the major reasons why anyone hoping to burn off fat and get slim needs to get a healthy dose of water every single day.

1. Water helps you feel full
There are lots things you can consume to feel full, but only one has zero calories. Pounding down water constantly will reduce hunger pangs and give you the willpower to stick to your diet.

2. Water will help you think straight
Ever reach a point in the day, usually the early afternoon, when all of sudden it feels your energy just drains from you and you can't seem to concentrate on your work? It's not a sign of a declining mind, your brain is probably just lacking the water it needs to function at its peak. And since living healthily usually requires a lifestyle adjustment and a change from your usual routine, you need to keep your brain as healthy as possible. If your brain gets the water it needs, you are more likely to consider the damage to your diet a soda might cause.

3. Water will help you digest your foods more efficiently
While you are trying to lose weight, you want the food you eat to get converted into muscle and energy as much as possible. To make this happen, you have to have a strong, efficient digestive system and metabolism. And that just isn't possible if you are dehydrated. If your body lacks sufficient hydration, your body will struggle to digest the foods you eat, and therefore more will be turned into fat.

4. Water will help keep you from getting sick
If you don't get enough to drink, you might suffer from something called "Chronic Cellular Dehydration", where your cells are weaker due to being constantly dehydrated. This will weaken your immune system, which will make you more likely to become ill. And nothing can put a damper on a fitness plan like a cold or flu. When you're sick, you are more likely to skip workouts and eat "comfort foods" to feel better. Drinking enough water gives your cells all they need to effectively fight infection.

5. Water will increase your liver's fat burning potential
If you are trying to lose weight, you should take extra good care of your liver, because that is the organ that helps you burn fat and convert it into energy. When you don't drink enough water, it weakens the liver, which means that your body's fat burning powers slow down.

6. Water will improve your blood circulation
The more oxygen you have in your bloodstream, the more fat you are able to burn. How do you increase the level of oxygen in your bloodstream? You guessed it, by drinking plenty of water. That extra burst of oxygen will help you on two fronts: it will help you burn fat faster and give you more energy for more intense workouts.

Chris McCombs is a personal trainer based in California. His website www.socalworkout.com contains valuable tips on fitness and "how to" style exercise videos.

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