Why Water Helps to Lose Weight

Everyone knows that drinking water has many positive affects on the body, and now researchers have found a positive correlation between weight loss and increased water consumption…

  • Water is known to be a natural appetite suppressant which sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water is able to make people feel full due to it taking up space in the stomach. Studies have been used to prove this – for example, a 2014 study showed that when overweight females drink 500ml of water half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner they experiences a reduction in body weight and a suppression of appetite.


  • Water has also been indicated to burning calories as it can temporarily increase the number of calories burned by the body during resting. Drinking cold water has been shown to be particularly beneficial in regards to calorie-burning as the body can burn extra calories by heating up the water drank for digestion.


  • Water helps to remove waste products such as urine and faeces from the body as it aids the kidneys to filter out toxins and allows to keep the waste moving through the body. Staying hydrated also reduces the body retaining waste which can lead to bloating and a bigger-looking waist.


  • Liquid calories are some of the most easiest calories to overdo, so drinking water can cause long-term weight loss benefits by lowering the number of calories consumed in high-calorie beverages such as sports drinks, fizzy drinks, juices and alcoholic drinks.


  • Water allows the body to properly metabolite stored fats or carbohydrates in the body, so not drinking enough water will reduce the process of lipolysis (breaking down fats) and cause extra fat to be stored as adipose tissue in the body. In addition to this, a review in 2016 found that “increased water intake led to increased lipolysis and a loss of fat in animal studies.”


  • Water helps to increase performance during exercise, and we all now that exercise is key when it comes to losing weight. Water helps the muscles, connective tissues and joints to move more efficiently and also reduce the chances of dehydration, muscle cramps and fatigue.

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