Our bodies are comprised of anywhere from 45 – 70% water. So, given this information, it’s pretty dang obvious why paying attention to our water intake and water balance is an important measurement of our health. We’ve all been told to drink more water… but, did you know that drinking more water can actually aid in WEIGHT LOSS?!

As we embark on Week Two of our #BurstFitnessChallenge, we want to equip you with all the tips and tricks to be successful! Water is a miracle beverage… it’s proven to help in the weight loss process, and we’re all so fortunate to have access to it from our kitchen sink. (#grateful) So let’s look at some tips for incorporating a little more of the mighty H-2-O into our daily lives, in an effort to lose a few L-B’s.

Wait, WHY is Water SO Important??

The importance of water just can’t be stressed enough. A person can go for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. It plays a vital role in nearly every vital bodily function we have.

If your body doesn’t get enough water, it becomes dehydrated.

When you’re dehydrated, you can’t function at your best and may be sluggish or have trouble concentrating, imagine what that’s doing to your organs, your skin, your brain!

When you’re dehydrated, your body also can’t flush out toxins or regulate itself as easily. By not flushing out these toxins you will be more susceptible to sickness, disease, weight gain and premature aging. (via Lose Weight by Eating.)

Drink Up.

Have you ever thought you were hungry, but instead of eating you turn to chugging some water, and find that you feel great? When study participants satiated their thirst, their feelings of hunger diminished. Another possibility is that the volume of water consumed directly before the meal provided a short filling sensation in the stomach, reducing the space available for food. Another theory scientists propose is that water plays a role in fat metabolism, though more research is necessary to confirm exactly how this works. (via LIVESTRONG.)

 

“Drinking water is important during weight loss because it provides hydration without unwanted calories. Drinking non-caloric fluids like water before or with a meal can help a dieter feel full sooner,” explains Donna Logan, RD, a registered dietitian at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. “So in addition to not adding calories, drinking water may help replace or avoid unnecessary food calories found in snacks or extra servings at mealtime. Drinking water also helps flush wastes from the body, which is especially important during times of fat metabolism and weight loss.” (via Everyday Health.)

 

According to the editorial staff at WebMD, drinking ice cold water helps 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. Plus, ice cold water is just so much more refreshingthan water that’s room temperature. Our new 32 oz. Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Water Bottles merge style with functionality and can ultimately give you the tools you need to start losing weight and boosting your metabolism.

merge style with functionality and can ultimately give you the tools you need to start losing weight and boosting your metabolism.

 

So, HOW Much Water Do I Need to Drink?

A general recommendation is to drink eight 8-ounce cups of water per day, for a total of 64 ounces. This is a generalization only, and actual fluid needs are affected by diet, physical activity, body composition, and climate.

Another rule of thumb: check out your pee. You’ll know you’re well-hydrated if your urine is clear or very light yellow in color. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink, especially if weight loss is your goal.