Water is life, and clean water is health. – Audrey Hepburn
Ms. Hepburn was definitely right.
Water is an important element for several reasons. Let’s start with us: we are composed of 50-75% water, depending on the composition of the body.
Water is responsible for a multitude of different body functions – regulates body temperature, transports oxygen and nutrients to cells, dissolved minerals and nutrients, helps digestion, protects body organs and tissues, lubricates the joints.
It also speeds up the metabolism. If you are interested in whether water helps in dissolving kilograms – the answer is a big “YES!”
According to a study published in the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology”, by drinking 17 ounces (½ liters) of water, increases the metabolism by 30% in healthy men and women.
The maximum effect is reached 30-40 minutes after the participants drank water.
Let’s look at another study showing how water helps with weight loss. Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom conducted an experiment of 12 weeks in which 84 obese adults received basic tips for weight loss, and are divided into 2 groups.
The first group drank about ½ liter of water half an hour before a meal, while the other group was suppose to imagine a full stomach before every meal.
They found that the first group lost three pounds more than the other group. This is good news for those who have a desire to lose a few pounds, but should drink adequate amounts of water – six to ten cups a day – regardless.
Before we explore the deeper connection between water and weight loss, let’s look at a short list of other health benefits of water:
– Keep us awake
– Prevents headaches
– Boosts cognitive skills
– Protects the heart
If you are really in the crowd that wants to lose weight, proper hydration should be a key factor.
In addition to nourishing the body before, during and after any physical activity, we should follow our water intake during the day. This is very important, because when we consume a certain amount of water we suppress the desire to overeat.
Below is the formula for calculating the optimal water intake.
Note: it is not necessary to be precise with water intake. You might find a measuring cup useful.
On the next page is a formula and a quick explanation about why you need that amount of water to effectively lose weight: