Obesity in India has reached epidemic proportions in the 21st century, with morbid obesity affecting 5% of the country’s population. With the increase in income amongst the middle class sector and the potential threat it could cause just by analysing the spending patterns, the numbers are quite alarming indeed. Pretty much the entire lot complaints of not having enough time to work on their weight issues. This blog is all about how to loose weight by pure drinking water, thereby the readers ensure they stay healthy.
It is also to be noted that once a person gains weight, they just become obsessed with their weight. It affects them both physiologically and psychologically. The physiological effect of eating too much is, you gain more weight which causes serious illness like diabetes, heart attack. Psychologically, people do get depressed, becomes anti-social due their weight issues. Inferiority complex sets in and they feel isolated from the rest of the world. People try quite a lot of hard techniques to lose weight, and sometimes those techniques affect their health badly. More often than not, some of these extreme weight loss regimes have proven unwarranted and not scientific enough.
The mantra is drinking enough water equals healthy life style. A healthy lifestyle happens when your metabolic rate is at its best. According to the Food and Nutrition Board at the Institute of Medicine, healthy women should ingest about 11 cups of water whereas healthy men should around 15 cups of water a day, from all food and beverages. Your daily intake of water is affected by age, weight, activity level, and environmental factors such as altitude. With just drinking two cups of water before you consume all of your three meals, you can lose the weight and keep it off.
In a recent study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers reviewed 11 previous studies to examine the association between water consumption and body weight. Out of the 11 studies that were evaluated, three of them showed that an increased water intake among dieters was tied to greater weight loss. Brenda Davy, a professor at Virginia Tech and leader of some work in the review believes that drinking water before a meal contributes to significant weight loss. In Davy’s group, a study found that middle aged and older adults who drank two cups of water before a meal reportedly lost four more pounds than the group that didn’t drink the two cups of H2O. Water can suppress feelings of hunger by making the body feel full and therefore reduce an individual’s calorie intake.
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Most of the Physicians from across the world do agree that it is best to consume water before and after food with a time gap of thirty minutes on both the sides. What kind of benefits water provides and aids in weight loss?
Drink Before You Eat | Water is a appetite suppressant and it clearly takes away 75 calories from your meal, that is, if you consume enough water some thirty minutes before your meals, you will reduce your intake at the time of meal by 75 calories.
Reduce Aerated Drinks | Drinking aerated drinks might make you look ‘cool’; but it does no good to your system. Make a statement by taking a bottle of water. A glass of water with lemon in it is one of the most successful recipes for weight reduction
Drink It Cold | It is indeed a good idea to drink ice cold water few times a day to boost your metabolism because your body has to work harder to warm the water up, therefore burning more calories and helping you to lose weight.
Other Forms Of Water | A lot of junk gets into the system which also contains water in it. However, it is wise to cut down on all junk food and restrict to only healthy and organic food. Consume watermelon that has about 92% of water in it. Orange, strawberries and grapes also have good water content in it. Drinking soups made from fresh vegetables will also add a lot of value to your weight reduction program
At last, monitoring your urine output will clearly tell you whether you are drinking enough water or not. If it is white or pale yellow in colour, you are good to go. However if it is yellow or golden yellow in colour, you have to focus only on hydrating yourself