How Water Helps With Weight Loss
Here’s my take on how water can help you on your weight loss journey. These are tips that have worked for me over my 25 year weight loss and wellness journey so give them a try!
- Detox. Water flushes toxins out of your system. If you’ve noticed that your skin is looking a little congested or you’re feeling a little sluggish, start with increasing your water intake FIRST. A cleaner system, means you’ll process food and eliminate waste more efficiently.
- You’ll feel fuller. A glass of water before you eat will help curb your appetite.
- Curb your cravings. Often when you’re craving something salty it’s often a sign that you’re dehydrated! Similarly, if you’re having sweet cravings or you’re feeling lethargic or experiencing ‘brain fog’ start with a glass of water and see if the cravings subside. It’s a great way to remove those sabotaging cravings and stay on track.
- You wont ingest as many calories. When you are drinking a couple of litres of water each day there is simply less room or desire for kilojoule packed soft drinks, milk based coffee, flavoured tea and juice. That means less calories!
- It helps your digestion. Do you regularly feel tired, bloated and clogged up? When it comes to maintaining a healthy digestive system, drinking enough fluid is the crucial link between fibre intake and exercise to keep waste moving through the digestive tract efficiently.
- You’ll burn more calories. It is proven that drinking cold water, especially icy cold water will help you to burn up to 400 extra kilojoules per day for every 2L of water you drink, which is the equivalent of an extra snack every single day.
Tap VS filtered water: Can it also affect your health?
The short answer is YES. While our local councils do the best they can to treat our tap water, there are still some challenges: mostly that people don’t like the flavour or the smell, so they head to sugary drinks or sports waters as an option which can negatively impact your health.
Filtered water provides better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine, chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and bacterial contaminants. I have a filter in my home, and it’s my source of clean, healthy water that costs much less than expensive bottled water. I’m also concerned that bottle water is housed in containers that are not necessarily BPA free, meaning the chemicals in the plastic may leach into the water. BPA’s are also known as Endocrine Disruptors that can mess with our hormones and lead to weight gain!
You should also be using filtered water for cooking, as well as drinking, and the same applies for baths and showers. Remember: your skin is your biggest organ and is permeable, so the water you wash yourself with should be chemical, pesticide and nasty free!
For those of you with sensitive tummies like me, UV and carbon water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 80 percent by removing cryptosporidium, herbicides, pesticides and giardia from drinking water so definitely worth the investment!
So, if any of this has resonated with you, do the research and get yourself a filtration system. Or chat with my mate Grant from Filters And Fountains. He’s the one who sorted out my system and the quality of the water, and the amount I drink now has changed dramatically – FOR THE BETTER – and has most definitely helped me on my journey. This was our recent live stream.