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4 Reasons Drinking Water To Lose Weight Really Works

4 Reasons Drinking Water To Lose Weight Really Works

It’s fair to say that most of us know that drinking plenty of water and keeping ourselves hydrated is a healthy thing to do. But not too many of us do it every day!

You might be surprised to know that drinking water to lose weight really does work. Scientist Dr Batmanghelidj explains why in his books “You Body’s Many Cries For Water: You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty” and “Obesity, Cancer And Depression: How Water Can Cure These Deadly Diseases”.

I’ll give you four reasons as to why drinking water will help you loose weight right now.

1. Drinking Water Reduces Hunger

The signals related to early hunger and thirst can be exactly the same.

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A lot of people, when they feel themselves getting hungry will reach for something to eat. However, if you haven’t been keeping yourself well hydrated this feeling could actually be your body asking for water, not food.

If you don’t realise this you can end up eating a lot more than you need, with obvious consequences!

Drinking water to lose weight keeps you hydrated, so the hunger you feel will be for food, when you need calories and not just water.

2. Drinking Water Provides Calorie Free Energy For Your Brain

Your brain is the main driving force for your fluid intake and that’s because there is more water in your brain than any other part of your body. So any shortage of water is felt by your brain first.

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Your brain has several potential energy sources, glucose is the most obvious one. But did you know that some energy is derived by water traveling across cell membranes? This can be likened by hydroelectric energy. This doesn’t involve calories.

Because some of your brain’s energy is derived from water, it will ask for more when your body is getting a bit dehydrated. Remember, you brain feels dehydration before any other part of your body, because its percentage of water is higher. But because no one told us that mild hunger can actually mean we’re thirsty, a lot of people eat at this point. So your brain wanted more water for its energy but it gets food instead.

Your brain will use some of this energy from the food you ate for its energy needs but the brain is a small organ, so it’s not going to use much. If you weren’t genuinely hungry for calories the rest of your body doesn’t need this food yet either. So it’s destined for your fat stores.

Simply by not keeping well hydrated you could be eating more than you need, hampering your weight loss efforts. So this is another reason that drinking water to lose weight works.

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3. Drinking Water Is Necessary To Switch Your Fat Burning Enzymes On

Fat breakdown depends on water. It doesn’t happen efficiently without plenty of it. Looking at your body fat as a whole, something has to happen to it for it to shrink so you can get slimmer. It needs to be broken down so it can be used by your body.

An enzyme called lipase is required to break down fat. If you imagine your fat as a brick wall, lipase is a chisel that removes the bricks one by one. The bricks are now free to travel to be used around the body and burned up for energy.

Lipase needs water in a good supply to work well. This is how it works:

Fat + Water + Lipase = Fatty Acids

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Fatty acids are the small building blocks of fat. They are small enough to be released into your circulation and will be picked up by cells around your body needing energy. They are released easier when you are well hydrated. Drinking water to lose weight allows the enzymes to break down fat efficiently.

4. Drinking Water Increases Energy Levels

Think about a plant that is suffering from lack of water, just imagine it wilting and its stem and leaves going soft. Now imagine the same plant having been fully hydrated, the stem and leaves are firm.

When your body is not hydrated properly, water is taken from your cells to keep your circulation up to full quotas. In this case your cells will look like the wilted plant. A result of this is less than peak energy levels of the cells throughout your body. In this situation you’ll feel under par. If you don’t feel energetic, you won’t be energetic. You won’t move around as much and therefore you won’t burn as much energy.

By keeping your body fully hydrated you cells will be firm and functioning on a higher level. This gives you more energy, so you not only feel better but you do more, burning more calories.

The most important time to drink water is when you wake up because you’ll be dehydrated then. Make sure you have a glass before drinking anything dehydrating like caffeine. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day, that’s at least 2 litres. Spread it out fairly evenly over course of the day. By drinking this amount you’ll keep your brain hydrated and any hunger you feel will be for food, not water.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2020

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Kickstart Your Morning Workout With These 10 Simple Habits

Benjamin Franklin said it like this: “Early to bed, early to rise, will make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” He knew from his own experiences and watching others that the ones who got up early were healthier and more successful. That’s why a morning workout can be so important.

One 2017 study found that:[1]

“after controlling for such factors as age, sex, smoking habits, and others…night owls, were found to have a 10 percent greater risk of dying from any cause compared to morning types.”

This is a great reason to tap into some morning motivation and get your morning workout done.

Circadian Rhythm for morning workout

    As you can see in the above graph, your blood pressure begins to rise between 6 and 7 in the morning[2]. That means this is a great time to get your body moving and your heart pumping, even if it’s just for 20 minutes of exercise in the morning. 

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    Here are some tips on how to find the motivation for a morning workout.

    1. Remember Your Why

    It starts with remembering why you want to get up for a morning workout. If you don’t set a goal and establish your reasons for accomplishing a health and fitness goal, then you definitely won’t get up early.

    Getting up early isn’t easy. If it were, everyone would do it, right? Your goal for your health and fitness must be so strong, and the WHY behind it must be so powerful, that nothing will stop you from accomplishing that goal.

    2. Go to Bed Early

    If you want to get up early for a morning workout, it’s going to be important to get to bed earlier. Falling asleep at midnight and trying to get up at six just won’t work in your favor.

    This will likely be very difficult for a few days while you adjust your sleeping habits. However, as you get into an exercise routine in the morning, this will naturally make it easier to fall asleep earlier and faster at night.

    3. Make a Commitment

    I sometimes tell my Facebook community of my plans to work out, and we all keep each other motivated by posting our runs, our workouts, etc. This is a way to develop accountability. By publicly announcing your intentions, you increase your chances of actually carrying out your plans.

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    Another way to do this is to find an accountability partner who has similar goals for morning workouts. You can check in with each other to make sure you’re sticking to your plans. If that doesn’t work, hire a personal trainer for a few weeks to get you started.  

    You can learn how to find a good accountability partner here.

    4. Find a Friend

    If you can find a friend that is motivated like you are, and you can hold each other accountable daily to working out, then you will accomplish your fitness goals. Many people prefer working out with friends to working out alone. Whether it’s a chat while hitting the treadmill at the gym, or having someone to spot you while weightlifting, working out with friends is sometimes just more enjoyable.

    Texting each other the night before with a simple statement is best. Don’t ask: “Are we still working out in the morning?” With this kind of question, if they were thinking about not working out, you just gave them an opt out.

    Make a statement instead: “Can’t wait to see you in the morning!” This implies that they will be there, and they will feel more obligated to show up.

    5. Treat Yourself

    We all have to treat ourselves every now and then. After a morning workout, plan to treat yourself with a colorful, healthy breakfast or a delicious morning smoothie. This will help you look forward to something and push through to the end of your workout.

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    You can learn more on rewards and punishments here.

    6. Change your Mindset

    Many people throw away the idea of a morning workout by simply saying, “I’m not a morning person.”  Instead of using this excuse, decide to try to become a morning person by shifting your mindset.

    When you look into the benefits of waking up early and getting some exercise in before your day starts, you’ll feel more positive about your life overall.

    7. Plan Your Day

    You know you’re going to be busy. Try time blocking to plan all the things you need to do on a given day, and make sure you add in your morning workout[3]. If you have a plan laid out, you’ll be more likely to follow it and get done everything on your list done.

    Time blocking

      8. Reflect on How You’ll Feel After

      Starting a morning workout is hard, but visualizing how you’ll feel after can help you find motivation. Think about the extra energy you’ll have and how proud you’ll feel knowing that you were already so productive. No matter what you do the rest of the day, at least you squeezed in your exercise!

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      For me, I live in an area where there are a lot of runners. When I am heading home in the evening or sitting out on the patio at one of my favorite restaurants, and I see the runners go by, it makes me feel so accomplished that I got mine in that morning and I can enjoy the evening.

      9. Lay out Your Workout Clothes

      Setting out your workout clothes the night before makes it impossible for you to start to run late because you couldn’t find something to wear. Tap into the determination you have before bed in order to convince your less-than-motivated morning self that you need to get up and get your morning workout in. When you wake up and see your outfit laid out next to you, it’ll push you to get up and get moving.

      10.  Set Multiple Alarms

      Many people miss their morning workout simply because they hit the snooze button so many times. In order to make this more difficult for yourself, set a series of alarms. That way, if you keep hitting snooze, you’ll have three or four alarms going off every ten minutes, which will be annoying enough to get you out of bed.

      Also, put one alarm at least a few feet from your bed so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off.

      Final Thoughts

      About three years ago I went from being the person that says I will never be an early riser to a person that loves to get the day started as soon as possible. Without the distractions that begin to come around 8 or 9 in the morning, you’ll find that you’re more productive and more likely to squeeze in that morning workout.

      Take some of the actions above and find the best morning workout routine to start your day and feel good.

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