5 Ways Water Can Help Cut Fat

  • October 2, 2018 at 4:10pm
  • by John Piche

Water might be the most underrated asset in your journey to cut fat.

Yes, we know “Calories in Vs Calories out” is still important however the amount of water you consume plays an enormous role in defining what side of the equation you come out on. And I’ve been telling all of my clients that when it comes to Global Laser treatments nothing is more beneficial to their success than consuming water. Sometimes I even get them to install apps on their smartphones like Waterlogged or Water Drink Reminder to assist with developing the new habit. Here are 5 Mind-blowing ways that water can help you cut fat.

It Powers Your Fat Disposal

If you’re dehydrated your results will suffer. Unfortunately, you don’t start to feel thirsty until you lose about two percent of your body weight in water. This is actually the same point at which your energy performance takes a nosedive. According to the Canadian Council of exercise, adult males, that means about 3.7 liters of fluids per day (nearly 16 cups), while ladies need roughly 2.7 liters (or 11 cups) per day, studies show. When you do a treatment with Global Laser your fat cells deposit their contents into the surrounding tissue. Water and proper hydration help pick up those deposits and carry them away to your lymphatic system.

Increases Metabolism

We know exercise is a great way to boost your metabolism, and we always recommend you exercise when and if you can, however, water boosts your caloric burn also whether you exercise or not! That’s because every time you eat or drink, your body as to work (A.K.A. Burn Calories) to process whatever’s coming in. That’s called “Diet-Induced Thermogenesis,” and it works for water pretty much the same way it works for anything that contains calories. In one study of healthy men and women, published in The Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism, drinking about 16 ounces of water temporarily spiked participants’ metabolic rate by 30 percent. The researchers concluded that increasing water intake by 1.5 liters (about six eight-ounce glasses) per day would increase daily caloric burn by about 200 calories!

It Helps You Heed Hunger Cues

Ok yes, we’ve all heard the spiel before: “Water makes you feel full.” But waters ability to help you determine your hunger level is even more beneficial than its filling abilities. Usually, we think we’re hungry, but we’re really just thirsty. For example, many of the feelings associated with being hungry, such as empty, gurgling stomach, low energy levels, and even lightheadedness, also strike when you’re running low on H2O. When you feel hunger kick in, drinking a little water can help you determine how voracious you actually are. In fact, when I was researching material for this blog I came across a 2015 study from the University of Oxford that illustrated conclusively that obese adults who drank about 16 ounces of water 30 minutes before their meals ended up eating fewer calories and losing 2.6 more pounds than those who simply imagined that their stomachs were full before sitting down for their meals. I ask my clients to follow the same 16-ounces-before-mealtime regime during treatments and many continue to follow this simple healthy lifestyle change after treatments are complete.

It Boosts Energy

Energy and fat loss are two peas in a pod. When your energy levels are up, you tend to be more active, slash cravings, and are generally more likely to crave healthier foods. That’s where water -which makes up nearly 70% of the human body – comes in. It keeps your cells firing, your muscles fed with oxygen and nutrients, and your brain is focused on “the now”. Drudging your way through a 3 p.m. slump? Instead of running to the vending machine for a sugar fix, try drinking some water. Dehydration loves to masquerade as fatigue.

Keeps You From Drinking Other Things

As great as water is on its own, it’s even better when you compare it to other beverages, like Soda and heavily whipped coffee drinks (Though I do love a caffeine boost as much as the next person). Luckily, a 2015 BMC Public Health study of more than 1,100 adults found that every 3.4 ounces of plain water consumption results in a 0.7-ounce reduction in caloric beverages. Sometimes when we’re thirsty we just go to the fridge and grab whatever we see. It’s a passive yet sometimes destructive habit when we need to quench thirst. While many drinks in the refrigerator will cure that thirst, many of them come with a high caloric or fatty price tag. And we don’t often enough consider the cost of drinking sodas, juices or even milk when we simply need to hydrate.


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