You are probably aware of how water intake affects your weight. Your body retains water if you don’t drink enough to keep yourself hydrated. This, of course, will affect your weight on the scale. However, water has a more significant impact on your weight loss than just influencing what you see on the scale. Water is the body’s most essential nutrient. It impacts so many of the body’s metabolic processes, including burning fat. An increase in water intake can actually help reduce the body’s fat stores!
As little as a 2% water loss slows down your metabolic rate, resulting in lower energy levels. Not enough water also particularly affects fat metabolism. Fat is metabolized in the liver for energy. But when the body does not get enough water, the kidneys cannot function properly. When the kidneys can’t work well, the liver takes on some of its work. This causes the liver to work less metabolizing fat. Of course, this would result in more fat remaining in the body, and less pounds lost.
Try to meet your minimum requirements of 64 ounces of water daily. Try to drink and additional 8 ounces for every 25 pounds you are over your ideal body weight. You should also drink more if you are active and live in warmer climates. When you’re meeting your body’s water needs; you should experience a decrease in appetite, improve energy levels, and better weight loss!