When the dietitian asks you to up your water intake, it’s not because it will help you lose more weight or speed up the process. It’s usually because those who tilt the scales to the heavier side often experience water retention.
Also, a new diet plan or changing your food intake could lead to digestive issues, which is why drinking water comes highly recommended when you’re trying to lose weight. It helps flush out the toxins and regulates your bowel movements.
Does this then mean that drinking more water is helping you lose weight? Well, not really. It is mainly aiding the natural functions of your body and regulating processes that may have been offset by your eating habits and lifestyle.
Sure, a glass of water can act as an appetite suppressant, but the feeling of fullness only lasts for 30 minutes; usually lesser, because your mind doesn’t equate drinking water with satiating hunger. The result isn’t significant enough for one to assume that a tall drink of H2O is going to make any significant difference on the scale.
What’s worse is that many weight watchers tend to load up on water through the day, mindlessly. All this does is make it difficult for the kidneys to process the excess water, reducing the electrolytes (mineral content) in your blood, and creating a drop in your sodium levels. In extreme cases, this can prove to be fatal for the body and is termed as hyponatremia.
Make note that even when it comes to drinking water while you workout, there is indeed an upper limit. Drink when you’re thirsty, and about a maximum of two tall glasses in excess (no more). About 7-8 tall glasses of water in a day are more than enough.
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