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Why Staying Hydrated is Important For Weight Loss - And How To Do It!

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You have probably heard plenty of times that we, as people in general, don't drink enough water. Getting into the habit of staying well hydrated has lots of benefits for anybody, including keeping your energy levels where they should be, flushing out toxins from your system, and avoiding annoying symptoms of mild dehydration such as headaches, but being well hydrated is even more important if you are trying to lose weight. It is also potentially more difficult because a lot of the water we get every day actually comes from food, and so if you are eating less, you need to be making up for that reduced water intake by drinking even more. When you add to that that you are likely to be exercising more and therefore increasing your need for water further, it becomes clear that dieters need a good habit for hydration more than anybody!

Why Does Hydration Help Weight Loss?

Drinking plenty of water helps with weight loss in a number of ways. Firstly, it ensures your metabolism is working as it should be - when you are dehydrated, all kinds of systems in your body slow down or work less effectively. Secondly, it can curb your appetite. Often, we mistake signals of thirst for signals of hunger (again, because a lot of hydration can come from food, our body sometimes tells us we need food when we actually need water), and so drinking enough can keep food cravings at bay. Thirdly, drinking plenty of water helps avoid water retention, which can mask weight loss on the scale and make you look heavier and bloated. Finally, as fat is burned, all sorts of toxins are released, and you need lots of water to help flush these out of your body.

How To Drink More Plain Water

Drinking plain water can feel like a bit of a chore, but it can become an easy habit that you don't even think about it you keep a bottle of water with you at all times and keep refilling it and drinking from it. Use a big bottle and drink generously - those little cone cups from the water cooler aren't going to help you. Have a glass of water before every meal as part of your eating habit too – staying hydrated will help you feel full faster. There are more tips for staying hydrated in this blog from Bevi.

Other Ways to Get More Hydration

A good habit of drinking pure water throughout the day is a great asset when you're trying to lose weight, but there are other ways you can get more hydration on top of that. All drinks, with the exception of those that have a diuretic effect such as alcohol and strong coffee, count towards your hydration, so enjoy teas, zero-calorie soft drinks, and other beverages that suit your weight loss plan freely. You should also try and eat foods with a high water content like fresh fruits and vegetables.

Staying well hydrated is not just important, it's also one of the easier challenges when it comes to weight loss, so why not try and improve your hydration habits now!