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WATER AND YOUR DIET


Top three reasons why water should be a major part of your diet plan


Don’t believe they hype that water makes you lose weight; however, many studies support the theory that drinking water is helpful in any weight loss plan. Also, hydration is key for many factors that play a role in weight loss, including digestion and muscle function.


Below are three reasons that drinking water may help a person to lose weight.


1. Water is a natural appetite suppressant

When the stomach senses that it is full, it sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water can help to take up space in the stomach, leading to a feeling of fullness and reducing hunger. A person may also think that they are hungry when they are actually thirsty. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for something to eat can help to curb unnecessary snacking.


2. Water helps to remove waste from the body

When the body is dehydrated, it cannot correctly remove waste as urine or feces. Water helps the kidneys to filter toxins and waste while the organ retains essential nutrients and electrolytes. When the body is dehydrated, the kidneys retain fluid. Dehydration can also result in hard or lumpy stools and constipation. Water keeps waste moving by softening or loosening hardened stools. Water also helps the body to recover from digestive problems, such as diarrhea and indigestion. When waste builds up in the body, people may feel bloated, swollen, and tired. Bloating can add inches to a person's waist. Staying hydrated is a good way to avoid retaining waste, which may add a few extra pounds


3. Drinking water can help reduce overall calorie intake

It is easy to accumulate liquid calories by drinking soda, juice, or sweetened coffee or tea. Most people also ignore how many calories they consume in sports drinks or alcoholic beverages. Replacing even a few high-calorie drinks each day for water or other no-calorie beverages, such as herbal tea, may have long-term weight loss benefits. Replacing one serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage for water or a low-calorie drink every day will reduce your overall calorie intake and help with those unwanted pounds.

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