When it comes to weight loss and making an effort for it, there are two kinds of people: those who would try everything, and we mean EVERY SINGLE THING in order to cut down on fat regardless of the fact that it might damage their health, secondly, there are those who would sit back and weep at their humongous tonnd, too lazy to put in some effort. But what if team Nutright brings you something that isn’t another fad diet but rather something that both groups of people can easily manage? Because hey! While it does require some effort to increase your water intake, it really doesn’t require much if you look at it. At least it isn’t as hefty of a job as working out, right? (all you lazy obese lads, hands in the air!)
Resting Energy Expenditure: The Calorie Burner
Ever wonder what’s happening to your body and all those calories when your body is in a state of rest? After you are done working out or you just came home from a walk? They burn, of course. And the rate at which they do is referred to as resting energy expenditure (REE). Ever wondered why you are required to keep yourself hydrated during and after your exercise? It’s because water helps you keep your REE elevated. Hence, helping you burn more calories. Many overweight individuals who increased their water intake experienced not only a reduction in weight and body mass index, it also helped kill a considerate amount of fat off that muffin top.
Should I Drink Hot Water Or Cold Water?
This is a real confusion for many folks because a lot of cultures suggest warm water doing the best job at burning calories, but is it true? What studies suggest is contrary, cold water should be taken if you are aiming at weight loss. The reason is very simple: when you take ice cold water, your body’s natural mechanism is to burn more calories in order to bring the internal temperature back to normal and keep it warm. Hence, being some extra help in losing weight.
Another way by which increasing your water intake helps you manage weight is sort of indirect and also involves tricking your mind. Take two glasses of water before every major meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not only would this make you eat lesser than usual, it would give you that somewhat-but-not-entirely false feeling of being ‘full’ already. An instant game changer! Besides, haven’t we all at some point heard our amma abba tell us how it’s beneficial to drink water before the meal and during it, not after? Time to make them proud by actually bringing that under practice. They don’t exactly have to know the real reason behind it.
The Real Aim Behind Water Consumption
While we have always believed that 8 glasses of water are required by each one of us at least, per day, this is a random number and might as well depend on the individual themselves. Too much water never hurt anybody (except for the fact that you got to keep the ghusl khana within easy access) But the goal here is to prevent even the mildest forms of dehydration, hence include more water enriched foods in your diet that include fruits and vegetables.