It is always believed that one should drink a lot of water to lose your weight. Science says just drinking one extra glass of water each meal will set you up for success.
The Benefits of Drinking Water
1. For Your Waistline
18,000 participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2012 held by the Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, their eating habits and drinking habits were compared.On average, people drank roughly 4.2 cups of plain water a day. People were consuming about 12.4 cups of water in the form of beverages and foods combined — the 4.2 cups of plain water represented just 30 percent of their total water intake.
When the researchers used a mathematical simulation to predict what would happen if people drank just a little more water in a day, they found that increasing daily plain water consumption by one, two and three cups, without changing anything else in people’s diets, would result in consuming 68, 137 and 205 fewer calories, respectively. Not only would people consume fewer calories, but researchers project that they’d also eat less junk food, sugar, sodium and saturated fat.
“Replacing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption with tap or bottled water consumption could be an effective strategy to reduce daily calorie intake,” says An.
4 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day
How much water should you drink? You only need to up your intake by 24 ounces (that’s three cups) a day to potentially reap the benefits of consuming 1,400 fewer calories a week. Here’s how to fit it in where you can get it in.
1. Start your day right.
Start your day with a refreshing, and much needed, chug of water, suggests Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Jim White, RDN, ACSM-HFS. “The body is usually depleted in the morning and needs rehydration.”
2. Set a pocket reminder.
Waterlogged and other smartphone apps can help you boost your water intake by giving you daily goals.
3. Buy bigger water bottles.
Keeping a larger reusable bottle with you throughout the day. Buy a bottle that’s 32 ounces or more and write time goals on it so you can keep pace for the day, suggests White.
4. Make an infusion.
You can add some flavour by soaking your favourite fruits in water, suggests White. Fruit-infused water or seltzer has a subtle fruit flavour without all the sugar found in juice.