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Drinking Water for Weight Loss

We all know we’re supposed to drink plenty of water every day. It’s good for your skin, and it keeps your internal organs working smoothly. But did you also know that drinking more water can help you lose weight? It’s easier than lifting weights and a whole lot cheaper than purchasing an elliptical machine.

Are You Drinking Enough?

Most people don’t drink enough water, which means they’re usually dehydrated. When the body isn’t getting enough fluids, it does its best to retain water. The water it stores has to go somewhere, so it tends to get packed away where it creates unflattering bulges on your body–kind of like a camel! When you consistently drink more water, your body gets the idea that it doesn’t need to store water. By the way, if you’re worried about running to the bathroom more often, you’ll be pleased to know that this side effect wears off once your body gets accustomed to having all the water it needs.

Burn Calories Drinking Water

Drinking water helps burn more calories, too. Here’s why: The liver is responsible for metabolizing calories in your body, converting it to energy. However, the liver also has the job of assisting overworked kidneys with their job of removing waste from your body. When you don’t drink enough water, the kidneys don’t function as well, which means your liver has to pick up some of the workload. When that happens, your liver can’t devote as much energy to metabolizing. Drinking plenty of water means your kidneys and liver have an easier time doing their respective jobs, which leads to greater weight loss.

Finally, drinking water will encourage you to eat less. Most people are so used to being dehydrated that they mistake signs of thirst with hunger pangs. Instead of getting something to drink, they grab a muffin or a candy bar instead. Drinking water will cut down on snacking. Plus, drinking water before each meal will make you feel more full, which means you won’t eat quite as much.

There are oodles of other health benefits associated with drinking water, too. It can help clear up your skin, tighten your pores, and give you a healthy glow. You’ll also have more energy, and your joints will be well lubricated.

Drinking Water for Weight Loss

Get used to drinking more water, preferably eight to ten 8oz glasses a day. You don’t have to cut diet soda or coffee from your diet altogether; instead, you should commit to drinking two additional glasses of water for every cup of soda or coffee you drink.  And if the taste of water isn’t appealing to you, add some lemon, or try flavored water instead.

And one more thing — always keep a bottle of water with you at all times!

Lose Weight While You Sleep: How?

Can you lose weight while you sleep?  Well, yes in the respect that weight loss happens all the time — not just while you’re awake.  However, there’s something you really need to know about sleeping and losing weight.

There is a connection.  If you don’t get enough sleep, it may prevent you from losing weight (or at least slow down your weight loss).  But why?

Today I have guest author Gail Davis, who has put together some great information on how sleep deprivation can slow down or even prevent weight loss.  Especially in today’s culture of trying to get as much done as possible, sleep may be losing out to chores, activities, work, etc.  And really, we sleep in order to be healthy.  So let’s see what Gail has written on sleep and weight loss.

Lose Weight While You Sleep;  Sleep Deprivation and Weight Loss

Let me ask a question — are you plagued by sleep deprivation?  Do you get your 8 hours of sleep in a night?  No?  Then let’s look at some facts.

In the past 40 years, American obesity has risen from one in nine adults to one in three.  And here’s something to consider.  During the same time frame, there has been a decrease in the amount of sleep by up to two hours each night!

Unfortunately, this isn’t just an American issue.  A study recently conducted at the University of British Columbia on adults between the ages of 32 and 49 determined that participants who slept less than seven hours a night were significantly more likely to be obese!

Why is this?  Well, there are 2 hormones, leptin and ghrelin that may be responsible for these alarming statistics. Let’s take a closer look.

Your energy intake and expenditure are both regulated by leptin, whose primary purpose is to tell the brain when you’ve eaten enough.

Now for the flip side:  ghrelin’s main function is to trigger hunger. Your ghrelin levels are naturally higher prior to a meal and naturally lower following a meal.

Leptin, Ghrelin and Sleep

How is sleep affected by these hormones?  It’s because when your body is deprived of adequate sleep, it produces more ghrelin, which is the appetite stimulator.  And again the flip side, it also produces less leptin, which is the appetite depressant!  Do you see where this is going?

A study conducted at The University of Chicago in 2004 demonstrated alarming results. Participants, who slept only four hours a night for two nights in a row, had an increase in their ghrelin levels by 28% and a decrease in their leptin levels by 18%!

Appetites on Overdrive

Would you agree that these number show that sleep deprivation appears to cause people to have appetites that are on overdrive?  As if that weren’t alarming enough, the same lack of sleep hinders the body’s ability to recognize that it’s had enough food.  It’s quite a vicious circle.

About the Author:
Gail M. Davis offers more facts about the alarming relationship between sleep deprivation and weight-related. Peruse her website, Easy Weight Loss Tips where you’ll find many weight-related topics such as this in addition to healthy recipes.

Sleep and Your Diet

Thanks, Gail, for this information.  You’ve given us quite a bit to think about.  We’ve always know that we really do need to get the proper amount of rest.  I know for me, it’s at least 7 hours a night, with 8 even better.  I’ve never thought about if getting less than 7 hours regularly would hinder my weight loss.

But I do remember a time in my life where 7 hours of sleep a night was actually a luxury; I usually got 6 or less.  And despite the fact I hadn’t changed anything else (same amount of exercise, no change in the foods I normally ate), I do remember being hungrier.

So, you really can lose weight while you sleep — just not in the way you might expect.  What about you?  Do you get the sleep you need on a regular basis?  Do you notice a difference to your appetite on days where you didn’t get enough sleep the night before?

When it comes to losing weight, we need all the help we can get.  Now consider that sleep is another tool in your fight against weight!