We all know we can’t survive without water. (Duh.) But did you know that water can help with weight loss too? (We’ve got your attention now, right?)
It’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger, which is why staying in tune with our body’s need for water is super important when we’re trying to shed extra pounds.
In this article, we break down why water is so essential for health and weight management, and how to figure out exactly how much much water you should be drinking.
Drinking a tall glass of water (instead of say, surveying the contents of the fridge) can curb our appetite and help kick our kidneys into high gear to reduce water retention.
For example, one glass of water helped dampen midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters in a recent University of Washington study.
By increasing our water intake by as little as three cups a day, we can consume a lot less calories (205 fewer) and sodium (235 fewer grams).
To figure out how much water your body needs, rather than using the generic eight 8-ounce glasses a day guideline, divide your weight in pounds by two. The resulting number tells you how many ounces to drink daily. (For example, a person weighing 150 pounds needs to drink 75 ounces a day.) You can also do the “pee test” to be sure you’re drinking enough: your urine should always be pale yellow in color.
Even mild dehydration can contribute to poor circulation, fatigue, and memory problems.
Water is essential for proper circulation. The levels of oxygen in our blood are greater when we’re well hydrated. This is partly why we feel more energized when we drink more water.
Mild dehydration is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. A mere 2% drop in body water can cause fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page. The next time you feel an afternoon slump coming on, take a brisk walk to the water cooler and fill up your glass!
Cheers to your health!