Water and Weight Loss
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, and no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss program.
Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack
· Carry a reusable bottle. Not only is it good for the environment. It’s good for you! When it’s empty, refill and keep drinking.
· Set your watch to beep at the top of each hour, or set a periodic computer reminder, so that you don’t forget to drink water.
· Kickboxing and other forms of cardiovascular exercise can help make you WANT to drink water more. Be sure to drink water a couple hours before your workout, so that it works through your system in time, and drink during and after exercise as well.
· Keep a little log and keep it simples. Tally marks will do.