March 08, 2021

Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

drinking water for weight loss

Yes, drinking water can help you lose weight. Hydration is key for many factors that play a role in weight loss, including digestion and muscle function. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, drinking water can help you on your journey to weight loss. 

How Does Water Help You Lose Weight?

Researchers are still unsure why drinking more water can help you lose weight, but many studies have shown a positive correlation between increased water intake and weight loss. Here are some of the reasons why drinking more water can help you lose weight:

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Water Removes Waste and Toxins from the Body

When your body is dehydrated, it can’t correctly remove waste as urine or feces. When waste builds up in your body, it can make you feel bloated, swollen, and tired. It can also add inches to your waist. Staying hydrated is a good way to avoid retaining waste, which can add a few extra pounds.

Burning Fat Requires Water

Without water, your body can’t properly metabolize stored fat or carbohydrates. The process of burning fat is called lipolysis. The first step of lipolysis is hydrolysis, which occurs when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids. Drinking enough water is essential for burning off fat from what you eat and drink, as well as stored fat. 

Water is a Great Replacement for Unhealthy Drinks

Consuming sugary drinks like soda, juice, or sweetened coffee or tea is a fast way to accumulate a lot of extra calories. Many people also ignore the calories that come in sports drinks and alcoholic beverages. Instead, try replacing these drinks with water and you’ll decrease your daily calorie intake, which can help with weight loss. 

Learn More About Weight Loss from Baptist Health

If you have more questions about weight loss or how staying properly hydrated can help you lose unwanted weight, contact a Baptist Health provider near you today.

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