If you’ve been struggling to shed those last pesky pounds, you might find a new appreciation for the clear liquid that sustains all life.
Water is such an amazing gift. Not only does it keep you looking young, it can also help you slim down one glass at a time. Here’s how…
1. Water Changes Your Body Composition
You already drink it every day (hopefully), but adding a bit more water has been shown to increase weight loss.
In one study, 50 overweight females drank 50oz of water each day. As a result, they lost an average of 3lbs over eight weeks. Not a huge amount, but the only change they made was to drink more water.
And what’s important is that it wasn’t just water weight. Their body mass index went from 26.7 to 26.1, inching them closer to the “healthy weight” range.
Again, the only change they made was making sure to drink at least 50oz of water a day.
2. Water Increases Your Metabolism
Each of us has a “resting energy expenditure” or the amount of calories our body burns while being still. Certain things affect this, like genes, age, and how much muscle you have.
But simply drinking water will give your metabolism a boost. Drinking 16oz of water has shown to increase your resting energy expenditure by 24-30%! It starts within 10 minutes of finishing the glass and can last up to 60 minutes. (Study 1, Study 2)
So...even though we love movement here at Organifi, you can increase the amount of calories you burn while doing nothing simply by drinking more water. We call that a “win.”
3. Water Decreases Your Appetite
Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. And sometimes we’re committed to clearing our plate, regardless of how much we dished up.
But 100 calories here and 200 calories there can really add up.
Another awesome benefit of water: it can help you eat less - without going hungry.
In fact, one study revealed that drink 16oz of water 30 minutes before a meal is likely to decrease the amount of food you consume by 13%. Simply by enjoying a cool glass of water, you will naturally find yourself satisfied earlier in the meal.
Drinking more water helps you eat less without even trying.
4. Water Keeps You from Drinking Extra Calories
Sugary drinks are one the sneakiest ways that excess weight starts to appear on your body.
It’s so easy to chug down a latte or store-bought juice, and before you know it, you’ve added another 200-400 calories to your daily count. Yikes!
But you can reduce your desire to reach for these drinks, simply by staying hydrated with water. If you always keep a glass of cool, fresh “agua” at hand, you’ll be less likely to thirst for something else.
In fact, check out these hacks to take your water to the next level. :)
Bonus: How to “Supercharge” Your Water
Let’s be real...water isn’t very exciting.
Sometimes we want a little something extra. Some more flavor and zest. I hear ya!
So here are my top ways to add “new life” to your daily water.
Lemon and Other Fruits: Squeezing a lemon or slicing up other produce or herbs (like strawberries, zucchini, mint, basil, and lime) are an easy way to add both flavor and nutrients.
Organifi Green Juice & Red Juice: I may be a little biased, but I absolutely love adding our Green Juice or Red Juice to a glass of water. With only one gram of sugar, a super refreshing taste, and tons of antioxidants and nutrients, these two are my favorite way to "level up" my H2O any day.
Apple Cider Vinegar: If you’ve been following the blog or YouTube channel for long, you know how much I love apple cider vinegar. It lowers blood sugar, alkalizes the body, improves skin, and helps your microbiome. Some people love the taste, others don’t. But if you can, try adding a tablespoon to your next glass of water.
Sea Salt: We’ve been told to stay away from salt, but that’s only half true. We should stay away from the man-made table salt. The natural salt that comes for the Earth is loaded with minerals and electrolytes. If you only use a pinch, it won’t change the taste much, but you’ll definitely get more nutrients.
What about you? Do you have a “water hack” or some way that you improve the taste or health of your daily water? Tell me about it on the Organifi Facebook page.
I’ll talk to you soon, but until then - let’s both go grab a glass of water!