I Heard Water Can Help Me Lose Weight, “BUT”
How Much Weight Can I Really Lose and How Much Should I Drink to Lose Weight?
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Yes, water can help you lose weight! Here’s some surprising ways to sneak it in your day without even realizing it.
Four Foods That Contain Water:
One cup of milk or orange juice contains 88% water.
One half of a cup of broccoli has 92% of water.
There is 85% of water content in yogurt!
How Water Burns More Calories
One of the functions of the liver is to convert stored fat to energy. Another function of your liver is to aid the kidneys. Without enough water, your kidneys can’t metabolize fat as quickly.
How Much Do I Need to Lose Weight?
Water is a life sustaining necessity and your blood is 90% water. A person can only live 3 days without water. Drink water throughout the day and start with a glass first thing in the morning. Your body will adjust and your waist line will thank you for it. By drinking the recommended 6-8 cups a day, you burn 100 extra calories a day leading to 10 pounds weight loss in a year just by drinking water.
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Water?
Water intake affects your body’s electrolytes balance – your body salt - so more is definitely not better. Drinking too much water will off-set your electrolytes and can cause a heart attack. But most of us don’t have to worry about drinking too much water. The majority of the population doesn’t get enough.
Stick to the recommended amount of 6 - 8 cups a day to keep your electrolytes functioning safely. Water cushions your joints, maintains your body tone and aids in sustaining energy releasing oxygen to your cells.
*(This is not intended as a replacement for medical guidance. If your doctor has you on water restrictions, you need to listen to her/his advice).
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