We are always being told we should drink lots of water, when exercising, to help loose weight and especially in hot weather. But you may begin to wonder why… exactly how will drinking lots of water actually help me?
The importance of hydration for achieving your body goals is very often under-estimated. Drinking plenty of water really is one of the easiest steps you can take for fat loss, a healthier body and strong mind.
The body is around 60% water and plays a very important role in everything from regulating body temperature, to keeping our skin healthy.The average adult typically loses about 2-3 litres of water a day from sweat, urine and simply breathing, so it really is essential to keep your body topped up with H2O.
When it comes to fat loss, it is no secret that hydration aids the metabolism. Studies have uncovered that drinking cold water throughout the day can boost metabolism by up to 25%, by helping to mobilise stored body fat. Facts like this just go to show how keeping our bodies well hydrated really is vital in boosting its ability to burn fat.
Drinking plenty of water is also a great way to increase energy levels, helping you feel refreshed and ready to go. An adult’s resting energy expenditure can increase by 24–30% within 10 minutes of drinking water, lasting for up to an hour. So next time you are feeling sluggish and unmotivated, try kick-starting your energy levels with a large glass of water. This will help you to get out there and smash your daily workouts, further promoting weight loss!
Other benefits of drinking enough water:
- Increases brain function and energy.
- Acts as an appetite suppressant which helps to not over-eat and aids weight loss.
- Boosts your complexion for healthier skin.
- Reduces tiredness and aids a better night’s sleep.
- Boosts your immune system.
- Helps prevents and treat headaches.
How much is recommended?
Rather than waiting until you’re dehydrated and downing gallons at a time, try to drink water consistently throughout the day for ultimate benefits- starting when you wake up in the morning. How much you should drink depends on a number of factors including your environment, body type and activity levels, but we would recommend drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. You may think that sounds a lot but your body will certainly thank you for it!