From having a glass before every meal, to sipping on it through your workout, water comes highly recommended to those who are trying to shed the pounds. If diet is to weight loss, as exercise is to fitness, then it’s worth exploring the role that water plays in the bigger scheme of things.

Curb Your Cravings
Simple fact, you won’t feel hungry on a full stomach and the best no-calorie way of ensuring that is with water; this is why it is recommended before a meal. Studies suggest that having two, 8oz glasses of water before your meal can curb your appetite and lead to a loss of 5lbs in 12 weeks.

Also note that your body expresses hunger the same way it expresses thirst, so if you feel the urge to snack, try having some water first to see if the feeling subsides.

One of the barriers in weight loss is the buildup of toxins in the kidney and liver. Basically, lack of water makes it difficult for the kidney to process the toxins from the food. Due to this overload, your kidney ropes in the liver to remove the toxins. But your liver’s role is to breakdown fat in the body, which it cannot do now. This makes water an essential component to flush out your system and speed up the breakdown of food for energy.

More directly put, it helps regulate the digestive and urinary functions of your body.

Metabolism Check
Cleaning your system with water reduces fat buildup, which in turn keeps your metabolic rate high. Water also helps improve the circulation of blood and nutrients in the body.

How Much Water Do You Need?
The amount of water a person needs varies, but it is recommended to consume eight to 10 glasses a day. This equates to 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women on a daily basis.

The alternate solution is to check the color of your urine. If it is clear and white, you are well hydrated. If not, then load up on more H2O.

With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.