How often have you felt sluggish and lacked any energy and wondered what caused that feeling?
It could be the lack of cool drinking water. According to recent research, we are a nation are chronically dehydrated.
We just don't replace the water we lose daily. Daily, we lose at least 10 cups of water through breathing, invisible perspiration and urination. Most reports you read suggest that you should drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day. At that rate, if you do a little extra exercise or you're doing hard physical work, you are not even going to replace the water you lost during the day.
The good news is, if you drink about six 8- to 12-once glasses of cold water every day, you can rev up fat burning while boosting your energy.
There are a lot of people that don't drink extra water while trying to lose weight. They fear that the water will add to their weight instead of helping them lose the pounds. The truth is you need to drink water to lose water and burn off those pounds. When your body needs water it sends out signals. What you may perceive as hunger could in fact actually be your body asking for more water. The irony of this is that if you don't drink enough water, your body will work to retain the water it does have. The ideal water and weight loss plan is to flush out the old fluids that will carry with it the toxic wastes your body produces, with new fluids. The new fluids will help rev up your energy while helping to regulate body temperature.
"Drinking generous amounts of water is by far the number one way to head off food cravings and reduce appetite," says George Blackburn, MD, associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
There are many other liquids that you can drink to replace the water loss. One of the front runners at this time is Green Tea, hot or iced. To enjoy the benefits of Green Tea, learn to drink it without adding a lot of sugar or sugar substitutes.
To make your drinking water more enjoyable, you might add a squeeze of lime, lemon or orange.
When using water and weight loss together, you will get the best fat burning results if you drink your water ice cold. The latest reports available show that the body burns calories as it warms ice water up to the body temperature of 98.6F.
It isn't much, but a few calories lost every time you drink water is a win-win for you.
When we start a diet, the first thing we find is a long list of all the things that we must give up, to reach our goals.
Water is not on the list, in fact, for best results, we need to increase the amount of water we drink every day. Make it your goal to increase the amount you drink and enjoy the new found energy.