Fed up of those stubborn pounds and hard to shift weight? It's time to get on the water.
Would you believe that dehydration is actually one of the biggest causes of weight gain? We were surprised, too! But it turns out that not drinking enough water lowers the body’s ability to burn fat, slows down the metabolism and encourages you to eat more. Yikes.
Here’s the science behind the water and weight loss issue. When we’re dehydrated, our cells deplete in energy. The brain then receives signals to up this energy which can be easily confused with hunger. Therefore, we eat when we should just be having a gulp of good old H20.
The result? Stubborn fat around the middle, which can be difficult to shift.
But there is some good news. You can actually boost your weight loss with water ? which is not only easy, but it?s also free!
How? We all know that we should be getting 8 glasses of H20 every day, but many of us struggle to consume even half that. Enter our easy tips to boost your intake and kick start your weight loss with water.
Make sure you?re drinking enough water and you?ll be revving up your weight loss in no time. Another bonus? Drinking water is essential for healthy, glowing skin.
Our first tip? Carry it with you! One of the main reasons we don’t get enough water is because we never have it with us. Buy a large water bottle and fill it up at the beginning of, and throughout, the day.
Once you have it in your bag you’ll find yourself reaching for it all the time, often without even thinking about it. If you work in an office, make sure there’s always a bottle on your desk and the same for in the car!
Keep reading for more top tips on how to get more H2O into your daily routine and boost your weight loss with water…
Water is found in so many fruit and vegetables that you can up your intake by simply snacking.
Watermelon, cucumber and celery are all hydrating, so next time you’re in the supermarket make sure you pick some up. Then when you’re feeling peckish, nibble on these watery delights rather than reaching for a salty treat!
If you set yourself a goal at the beginning of the day, the chances are you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
If you currently only drink six glasses of water a day on average, tell yourself your goal is nine – keep track of how much you drink and see if you can achieve it before going to bed.
The inner child in all of us still loves to drink through a straw. And for some reason, it makes drinking a lot easier than sipping out of a bottle or glass. So grab some straws and get glugging and see how much more water you consume throughout the day.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner should all have one thing in common – a jug of water on the table. And the aim? For the jug to be empty by the time the meal is done.
When you eat out, also try not to be tempted by the sugary drinks on offer. Order tap water to sip throughout the meal.
Like all things these days there’s a app designed to help you drink enough water.
Waterlogged reminds you to drink more and allows you to keep track of your consumption throughout the day. If you don’t fancy an app, then why not try setting up reminders on your phone? A ding every so often reminding you to drink water will encourage you to do so!
When you’re at the gym or out and about exercising always make sure you have a bottle of water with you.
If you rely on water fountains or gym assistants coming round with cups of water you definitely won’t get enough. Keep a bottle by your side and drink throughout the workout.
Try and use a large drinking bottle when you’re out and about to encourage you to drink more. A 1.5 or 2 litre bottle might be heavy to lug around but you’ll find yourself drinking the entire thing before you know it!
If you find water too dull or tasteless then try mixing it up with fresh fruit. Lemon, for example, or orange slices give water a delicious, natural flavour.
Infuse the water overnight in the fridge with the fruit – try adding mint as well to really jazz it up. By morning, pour over ice for a refreshing drink.
Eating spicy food is not only delicious, it also makes us drink more H20.
We all know that burning sensation feels so much better when washed away with a glass of cold water. so get the chilli out of the cupboard and rustle up a hot and spicy dinner, and glug away on half your recommended water in one sitting!