“Water is life, and clean water is health.” – Audrey Hepburn
That’s true. Water is important for us, and builds you up. The human body is 50-75% water depending on your body composition. Water takes part in numerous body functions. It regulates body temperature, carries oxygen and nutrients to every cell, dissolves minerals and nutrients, enhances digestion, protects tissues, lubricates joints, etc.
It also boosts metabolism. The good news is that water also helps you get rid of excess pounds.
A study released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that 17 ounces of water stimulate metabolic rate by 30% in healthy individuals. Water reaches its maximum effect within 30-40 minutes after consumption.
A group of researchers from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom made a 12-week experiment. About 84 obese participants were given basic weight loss advice and split into two groups. The first group of participant drank about 16 ounces of water about half an hour before each meal. The second group was required to imagine their stomach full before meals. The research showed that the participants in the first group lost three pounds more than those in the second.
This is good news for those trying to lose weight. Keep in mind that you should be consuming a healthy amount of water which is about 6-10 cups every day. Before we continue with the good info, let’s go through some of the benefits provided by water.
- Keeps you alert
- Prevents headache
- Improves cognitive abilities
- Protects heart
If you’re really trying to lose weight, hydration should be a key factor in your attempt. You should nourish your body before, during and after every activity, and make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Healthy water intake is of utmost importance for your metabolism, and you won’t eat too much food.
We’ll give you the formula for optimal water intake, and some basic breakdown as a quick point of reference.
Note: You shouldn’t be exacting in your water intake, but try to be as accurate as possible. If you’re really thirsty, just go for that glass of water.
Formula steps and quick explanation on the role of water in weight loss
Step 1: Check your weight
It’s important that you have the accurate number of your pounds. If your weight goes high, your water intake should go, too.
If there’s a decimal in the number, round it down if its .4 or lower. Logically, you should round it up if it is .5 or higher. If you’re using an analog scale, try to get the most accurate number.
(Example: 250.4 pounds = 250 pounds; 250.5 = 201)
Step 2: Divide the number in half
If there’s a decimal in your weight number, round it up. The result is your required water intake in ounces.
(201 pounds/2 – 100.5, which should be rounded to 101 ounces)
Step 3: Determine your activity level
Your activity level is directly correlated to your water intake. If you do a strenuous exercise, your body will release more water, and you need to compensate for that.
Add 16 ounces of water for every half an hour of exercise.
Step 4: Calculate your water intake
Add the numbers from steps 2 and 3.
Here’s an example:
- Weight: 201 pounds
- 201/2=101 ounces (rounded)
- 30 minutes of exercise = 16 ounces
- 101 ounces + 16 ounces = 117 ounces (about 10 12-ounce glasses of water)
Here’s how much water you need to lose extra pounds
Weight Intake # of 12-ounce servings
80 lbs. 40 oz. 3
90 lbs. 45 oz. 4
100 lbs. 50 oz. 4
110 lbs. 55 oz. 5
120 lbs. 60 oz. 5
130 lbs. 65 lbs. 5-6
140 lbs. 70 oz. 6
150 lbs. 75 oz. 6
160 lbs. 80 oz. 7
170 lbs. 85 oz. 7
180 lbs. 90 oz. 8
190 lbs. 95 oz. 8
200 lbs. 100 oz. 8-9
210 lbs. 105 oz. 9
220 lbs. 110 oz. 9
230 lbs. 115 oz. 10
240 lbs. 120 oz. 10
250 lbs. 125 oz. 10-11
- Drink 2 8-ounce cups of water before your meals as that adds up to 48 ounces
- Drink a 16-ounce glass of water in the morning and before bedtime to get another 32 ounces
(If you don’t like to wake up in the middle of the night, drink your “evening” glass in the morning)
This will help you drink more water and be healthier. Good luck!
Source: Power Of Positivity