Drinking Water and Weight Loss
You may be wondering if drinking water can help you flatten your stomach.
If you've been reading this site long enough you probably know by now that there is no way to spot tone your stomach with either exercise or diet.
Losing stomach fat boils down to losing weight all over. So yes, drinking water can help you lose weight, which can ultimately help you decrease belly fat.
However, water alone is not going to do it. You also need consistent exercise and a low-fat/calorie diet to get the job done effectively.
Having said that, here are some ways water can assist with your weight loss and tummy flattening journey.
The Benefits of Water
1) Drinking water before a meal helps you feel full so you don't eat as much.
2) If you have problems with bloating, drinking water can help with that -- which of course will make your stomach smaller. Many tummy troubles stem from bloating caused by indigestion or other health problems.
3) A study performed in Germany some years ago showed consuming more water per day can actually help speed up your metabolism (moderately).
4) Drinking cold water revs up your metabolism more than warm water because your body has to convert it to your body temperature.
5) Water encourages proper kidney function which improves the efficiency of the liver's fat-burning capabilities
How Much Water Should You Drink?
You've probably heard the "8-10 glasses a day" rule, but studies have recently shown that if you eat several servings of fruits and vegetables per day you may not require that much water.
However, it's a good idea to make at least 8 glasses (64 ounces) your goal. Also be sure to spread it out through the day to make sure your body stays hydrated.
A lot of people gulp it down all at once just to get their daily intake, but that doesn't do much good because you will urinate it all out at one time.
Take it Easy
It's rare, but drinking too much water can cause a condition called hyponatremia (water intoxication). In a nutshell, it's when you consume too much water for your kidneys to handle.
Rest assured that the body can consume up to 15 liters per day. Just make sure if you drink a lot of water you ration it out throughout the day instead of drinking it all at once. As I mentioned, this condition is rare but should be mentioned.
Water is Not a Miracle Weight Loss Solution
As you now know, water is not a miracle cure for weight loss. However, it's a nice assistant to your overall plan and also has numerous health benefits not related to weight loss.
Studies have shown that not drinking enough is linked to all sorts of problems related to the skin and body. So don't just hydrate for weight loss, drink up for your overall health.