Forget sugar-free sodas. The ultimate diet drink can be enjoyed straight from your faucet! Water is essential for life, but it also may be an essential part of your weight management routine.
- Keeps you hydrated. Your body needs adequate hydration to function properly ““ especially if you’re engaging in regular exercise (vital to weight management). Consuming too little water can actually lead to water retention and bloating as your body is forced to store every last drop. Proper hydration can also enhance your appearance by keeping skin soft and smooth.
- May help you eat less. Studies have shown that those who consumed 16 ounces of water prior to a meal actually ate less than those who didn’t. Drinking water before and during meals can help you feel full, which may help you cut down on portion size. It may work between meals, too ““ try drinking a glass of water instead of heading to the vending machine for your afternoon snack.
- Flushes your system. Water keeps things flowing through your system, including nutrients, waste and toxins. Water can carry important nutrients to your cells to ensure you’re getting the most from your healthy diet. Water can also help flush your system of waste and toxins that can slow you down.
- Curbs calorie consumption. When you’re feeling parched, do you usually reach for a sugary soda or fruit juice? Not only do these drinks provide inadequate hydration, they can flood your body with an excess of calories that hinder your diet and weight management efforts. Next time you’re craving a cold drink, grab a glass of water instead to cut back on unnecessary calories.