Water And Weight Loss: What A Difference It Makes!

Water and Weight Loss – What’s the story?

The link between water and weight loss is often underestimated. With around 75% of the US population suffering with some form of dehydration – and almost as many also struggling with weight issues – you should already have some indication that there may be some sort of link between weight and hydration. By the way, countries like Australia and the UK share a similar story.

One of the biggest problems with dehydration is that it can give you food cravings. That’s because dehydration is often misinterpreted as a hunger cue. Staying hydrated helps the body discern between the thirst mechanism and hunger so, if you have a problem with sugar cravings, it may well be well that you’re simply responding to dehydration. When cravings happen too often and get out of hand, we all know what happens next…weight gain!

5 Reasons Water and Weight Loss Go Together

Other reasons that dehydration impacts weight loss:

  • Water intake directly affects energy levels. The more energy you have, the easier it is to stay active, uphold an exercise schedule, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Metabolism is affected by water. Drinking plenty of water can boost your metabolism. Inversely, chronic dehydration slows metabolism.
  • Water naturally suppresses the appetite and helps metabolize stored fat.
  • Adequate water intake decreases food cravings as the body doesn’t have to extract water from food sources. In a University of Washington experiment, one glass of water eliminated midnight hunger pangs for nearly all of the dieters involved in the study.
  • Detoxifies your body. If you’re dehydrated, your digestive system won’t work properly and so some of your excess weight could be a weak digestive system so you’re literally carrying too many toxins in your body.

Water And Weight Loss – Taking The First Steps

It can be a real struggle to get enough water in every day – particularly if you’re not used to all that volume of liquid swooshing around in your stomach! So, start where you are and aim to move up to gradually. If you try to do it all at once, you’ll probably just feel waterlogged and uncomfortable.

Aim for 2 litres a day over time – some people need even more than that, some need less, and it changes according to your lifestyle. So, if you suddenly decide to run a marathon or go to the Sahara, you’ll need to amp up your hydration even more.

If you don’t like the ‘taste’ of water, or find it too harsh to drink, try adding some lemon or drink cool herbal teas.

Most of all, take your hydration seriously for your general health and especially for weight loss. Water and weight loss go hand in hand – so start taking some action today!

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24 thoughts on “Water And Weight Loss: What A Difference It Makes!

    • Great point, John! ‘Very small amount’ being key – we both do this too, especially with apple juice :-) 

    • Hey Deborah – thanks so much! We are seriously thinking about doing a program specifically about getting killer abs, as how WE do it is totally achievable. Watch this space :-) 

  1. Love your video! The way you set out the 2L of water was very smart; it’s easy to think we’re getting enough, when we don’t contend with how much it actually is :)

    • Thanks Cheryl – hoping that putting water in glasses like that looks more manageable than seeing one great big 2L water bottle to deal with! 

      •  This is definitely true! What I like to do is bring one of those big travel mugs to work and have it full of water with a packet of crystal light. I drink that all before my first coffee break and then refill with plain water and usually finish that by after lunch. That’s over 1 liter of water already! Then I sip water all afternoon, and have a glass or two when I get home (and with dinner) and a glass before bed!

  2. This is definitely some great advice Donna and Tora! I love your blog. I am hoping to drop only 10 lbs but I guess the first 10 is the hardest as they say. I hate the taste of water and usually use Stevia to add flavor, but I’m not sure how healthy that is.

    • Hey Kate thanks for your feedback! Stevia is OKish as a sweetener, but using Stevia in your water every day will still keep you ‘hooked’ to a sweet taste, so it’s really best if you can try something like a slice of lemon instead. Good luck with your 10lbs!

  3. This article is great. I hate the taste of water but I can stomach it occasionally. If there aren’t any water bottles in the house, forget it! I will not drink tap water at all… I am trying to lose about 20 lbs though and you broke down why it’s important not to get dehydrated. Didn’t know it could actually contribute to my weight gain! Thank you :)

    • Glad you liked the article, Katie! Funnily enough, I have just moved and can’t drink the tap water (even when filtered) so am now buying water. I’ve always been against buying bottled water but can’t believe how much water can change between places and countries! Good luck with your 20lbs, hope our blog posts will help you stay motivated :)

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