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Link Between Water, Weight Loss and a Healthy Lifestyle
December 11, 2013

Water has long been revered as an essential ingredient for weight loss, but just what role does it play in maintaining your healthy lifestyle?

Increases your metabolic rate

By sipping just two glasses of water before you eat, you can boost your weight loss. A US study has shown that drinking water daily and frequently helps to increase the metabolic rate in both men and women by 30%. Following your water intake, your metabolic rate remains elevated for up to 40 minutes, ensuring your body continues to work to burn kilojoules.

Suppresses your appetite

Drinking water before and during your meals will make you feel fuller, both lessening the calories you consume and preventing overeating.

Water also aids in limiting your over-indulgences by eliminating any confusion between hunger and thirst. The symptoms of dehydration include feeling weak, dizzy and irritated but are often mistaken for the symptoms of hunger. By keeping your body hydrated, you can ensure you are better in control of your body's cravings.

Helps muscle repair

A common problem caused by recurrent exercise is muscle fatigue. By keeping your body hydrated, and replacing the fluids lost from sweating while exercising, you are enabling your body to continue running its internal systems at full capacity.

Water also supports your body's metabolic function and nutrient transfer. These functions are responsible for your fat-burning processes as well as cell regeneration, assisting in the prevention of joint soreness the following day. With the aid of water, you will be ready to tackle a new day of training!

Rids your body of toxins

Water is essential for your kidneys to function properly. The kidneys are responsible for flushing toxic substances from your blood and urine, as well as eliminating water-soluble waste received from your liver. By assisting your digestive health, you can ensure your body is able to break down food properly and absorb much-needed nutrition.

Are you ready to begin your career in health and fitness? Take a step into the fitness field by undertaking training at the Australian Institute of Fitness.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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