You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again: water is an integral part of any weight management program. Let me count the ways.
1) Water makes you feel full
Drinking a glass or two before a meal can help you consume less. By sipping throughout the day instead of reaching for an unhealthy snack, you can avoid hunger pangs. In fact, much of the time when we feel hungry we are actually thirsty! So next time you feel hungry, try reaching for a glass of water instead.
2) Drinking cold water burns more calories
That’s right. When we drink cold water our bodies have to work to get that water up to our body temperature, and can burn up to 23 calories per 16 oz of cold water.
3) Replace empty calories
When we choose water over other beverages like soda and coffee, we are cutting down on the empty calories we would otherwise consume. Studies show that flavoring your water helps you drink more water, so try adding lemon, lime, or therapeutic-grade essential oils to your water.
4) Water flushes toxins
Water–particularly ionized alkaline water from a water ionizer–can help flush toxins and fat from the body which would otherwise be stored. We need to be drinking a minimum of half our body weight in ounces daily just to replace the water lost through normal bodily functions. When we drink more than the minimum we are providing our body with water to flush out unnecessary toxins.
5) Water gives you energy
When we are dehydrated our energy levels dip and our muscles can cramp, making it hard to work out. Because exercise is such an important part of weight management, we need to stay properly hydrated in order to get the most out of our workouts.
6) Drinking water encourages healthy cravings
The more we make water part of our daily routine, the more we will start to reprogram our taste buds to crave healthy foods. Ionized alkaline water is particularly effective at this, and can also help you crave more water. Unlike other waters, it won’t leave you with a bloated or waterlogged feeling and can hydrate you on a cellular level. While not everyone who has switched to ionized alkaline water from a Chanson water has experienced weight loss, on average users report losing 5-10 pounds. Water ionizers make the alkaline minerals in your tap water more bioavailable, which can nourish your cells and provide the right conditions for your body to release stored fat.