The importance of drinking water for fat burning
Our bodies are made up of almost 70% water and this simple fluid plays an important part in keeping all parts of our body functioning efficiently. Put simply, if we don’t have enough water in our body, then all of its functions are compromised – not just its ability to burn fat.
The liver is the prime component in the process of breaking down fats and distributing these to be metabolised. When we don’t drink enough water, our kidneys begin to suffer with their job of processing toxins and waste, and the liver has to lend a helping hand. By drinking enough water, you can alleviate this unnecessary function of the liver and let it get on with its prime role in turning fat into energy.
Water is also an excellent appetite suppressant and, given that many of us mistake thirst for hunger and head for food rather than a drink, keeping hydrated will make sure this doesn’t happen.
Research suggests that being dehydrated during a workout can negatively affect the performance of muscles, so staying hydrated during a workout can be the difference in that crucial last circuit, when you see maximum benefits. Try and ensure that you are well hydrated before a workout, as well as topping up whilst you exercise. It’s also important to replenish the fluids you lose after you’ve finished performing, because well-hydrated muscles will repair faster.
There is evidence to suggest that as you lose weight, your body becomes more resistant to the weight loss by trying to store as much fat as possible and hold on to its reserves. This is evident when initial weight loss can be quite quick and easy, but those last few pounds seem harder to shift. It’s an evolutionary thing; if food seems to be in short supply, the body makes plans for survival, but you can fool it. Naturally, if food was scarce in our distant past, so too was water. Therefore, if you drink enough water you can assure your body that there isn’t a shortage crisis, and it can let go of those last fat stores.
Ice cold motivator
You may have heard of thermogenesis for calorie burning. It’s the name for the process by which the body produces heat, and many weight loss pills work by increasing this process in our body. The science behind this is that the body burns calories by heating things up. German scientists have found that by drinking ice cold water, your metabolism can be boosted by as much as 30% and burn an extra 50 calories per day when compared to water drunk at room temperature. This can see an extra 5lbs of fat burned in a year just by drinking ice cold water.
Finally, when you don’t drink enough water, your body begins to hold on to what water you do have, and you can start to suffer from water retention. It’s a survival mechanism and, whilst not fat, the effects can become noticeable in areas such as your face, ankles and waist. If you drink enough water, your body will stop doing this and you will see immediate improvements.