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Drink more water! Eat less fat! Exercise more! While we hear more and more talk in the media about becoming healthier humans, one idea that always makes the list is the benefits of drinking more water. And with summer upon us, getting fit is at the top of the list for many. So, what’s the correlation between being fit and drinking water?
I’m Not Hungry
Say you are at a restaurant waiting for your meal to be served. Generally, you receive a glass of water and whatever other beverage you may order. Ever notice how when the meal takes longer than usual to arrive you find yourself drinking the whole glass of water, then when the meal finally arrives, you feel less hungry? That’s because water suppresses your appetite! That’s right, drinking a glass of water before meals will help you eat less, as THIRST is often mistaken for HUNGER. Go figure! Side note: if you up your intake of water in general, you will find yourself consuming fewer calories over time! Keep this in mind the next time you are bored and want to grab something to eat. Put down the cookies and pour yourself an ice cold glass of water!
Flat Tummy Club
The three “P’s” of salty food… potato chips, popcorn and peanuts taste great but can leave your body feeling not so great. Salty foods can make the body bloat and retain water, causing many to shy away from drinking more water for fear of further bloating. This is actually not true! Staying hydrated and filling up on water actually helps keep belly bloat away and stops fingers from swelling. Put down the popcorn and pick up a water bottle the next time you are at the movie theater!
Drinking water before, during, and after you exercise is essential to keep your muscles working properly and prevent dehydration, but did you know drinking more water even when you are not exercising helps you burn more calories? Increasing your daily intake to eight to 12 glasses could help you burn more fat than if you drank three to four glasses. Put down the weights and hit up the water cooler!
Get water fit, and reap the benefits!