Drinking Water For Weight Loss is Boring but Infused Water Is Not
Many people promote drinking lots of water to help with weight loss. For example, Jillian Michaels, The Biggest Loser trainer, encourages people to “drink water until your pee looks like lemonade.”
In a recent article on Emaxhealth about an August 2015 article appearing in Obesity, it was noted that drinking water before having a meal helped people lose weight. More specifically, one study found that people who drank 16 ounces of water before meals lost 9 pounds over a 12-week period.
One of the biggest complaints about drinking water is that it’s boring. Therefore, even if it helps drop a few extra pounds, people are reluctant to boost their water consumption in the name of weight loss.
However, if you jazz up your water and make it more appealing, you may see some impressive results of your efforts. Infused water is one way to inject some life into your water and weight loss goals.
- Make up a batch of infused water. Information and recipes can be found here. Choose your favorite flavors.
- Get a steel water bottle. Some of them come with attractive covers and a strap so you carry them everywhere. These reusable water bottles are great: no leaching of chemicals from plastic and they keep beverages cold for 12 hours or longer. I have two such bottles and they keep ice cubes viable for 10 to 12 hours.
- Bring your infused water with you to work, on walks, and around the house. Sipping on cold, naturally flavored water throughout the day will help curb your appetite and keep you well hydrated, aid with detox, and improve your skin.
According to the authors of a study published recently in Nutrients, drinking water has various effects on weight loss efforts. The review looked at the impact of drinking water on adults and children and found that:
- Consuming water rather than caloric beverages reduced caloric intake when food intake is ad libitum
- Drinking water increases calories burned in metabolically-inflexible obese individuals. Metabolic inflexibility refers to an inability to adapt fuel (calories consumed) oxidation to fuel availability. It is usually the consequence of impaired sugar (glucose) uptake.
- Drinking water increases fat oxidation when it is consumed instead of caloric beverages or in amounts that alter hydration status
Experts are still investigating the impact of drinking water on efforts to lose weight. However, the combination of scientific studies and anecdotal suggest it can be beneficial. You can make your efforts more satisfying by using infused water you make at home.
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