The body is approximately 83% water so it is vital we stay hydrated for health.
Benefits for weight loss
You may feel hungry when really you are thirsty, also if you drink plenty of water you can keep hunger at bay. So you will consume less food.
Water helps your kidneys and liver, these then work more efficiently to eliminate toxins and metabolise fat.
All cellular reactions (metabolism) have to happen in water. If reactions are slow due to dehydration, metabolism slows.
Joint and muscle lubrication
Water helps lubricate and cushion your joints and lubricates movement of muscles. Bigger better movement = more energy used and lessening of pain.
Increased energy levels
Fatigue sets in when dehydrated, your blood thickens and your limbs feel heavy. You are therefore less likely to move about and energy for exercise is reduced!
Roughly 1 litre per 30kg or 4½ St of body weight. More if you train and/or it is a hot day. Other drinks can contribute too i.e. tea, a little coffee. Drinks that are detrimental are high sugar drinks, (fizzy drinks/fruit juice), which draw water from the body and are also very bad for your fat loss goals!
Have a glass of water first thing in the morning. This helps replace sweat lost during the night and helps with appetite control.
Carry a bottle of water with you during the day.
Limit coffee to the morning to reduce amount and reduce cortisol in the afternoon
Be very wary of fizzy drinks, no nutritional benefit and can make you eat more!
Limit fruit juice, water it down or have a cup of tea/glass of water with chopped fruit added instead.
Eat lots of fruit and veg, they have a high water content as well as keep you feeling full, providing fibre and lots of nutrients.