Staying Hydrated and Weight Loss
We all know that preparing ourselves for a weight loss program is no fun at all. We are creatures of habit and it takes a lot of discipline to suddenly change our lifestyles after we grow accustomed to eating a certain way and being less active than we should be. When we start these programs the beginning is often difficult because creating a deficit in calorie intake, when we are used to eating whatever we want, can come as a shock. We get constant cravings and find it near impossible to get satisfaction from the meals we eat. But are there ways to help curb these constant cravings? The answer is yes.
As you probably well know by the diet program that you are on, eating the right foods and healthy balanced meals is crucial to giving your body satisfaction and helping curb those cravings. But one factor that is often overlooked is keeping your body well hydrated. So many diets are focused on caloric deficits and exercise that they often neglect the difficulty in this process. By keeping your body well hydrated you may find that this process becomes much easier.
Water itself is a natural appetite suppressant. When the stomach senses that it is full, it begins to send signals to the brain to stop eating. Because water takes up space in the stomach, hunger becomes reduced because of the feeling of fullness. It is also important to know that hunger is often confused with thirst. Our brains can often mix these signals due to an empty stomach, so try drinking a full glass of water to avoid random snacking.
In order to begin losing weight it is important to first remove waste from the body. When the body is dehydrated it cannot correctly remove waste through urination or excretion. It is common for people to feel tired and bloated when waste builds up in the body and bloating often makes our wastes look much larger. By keeping hydrated we are flushing our systems and allowing ourselves to consistently remove waste from our bodies and keep them clean. This in turn may increase our energy levels, which results in more calories burned.
Staying hydrated and feeling full is not only achieved from drinking water, you can eat your water too. There are several foods that are known for being low in calories and very high in water content. Foods like cucumber, watermelon, tomato, green pepper, broccoli and cauliflower are all extremely healthy options that are low in calories and sugar yet high in water content and continue to hydrate your body whilst being digested. All of these foods are at least 90% water by weight and have several other health benefits.
Whether you are just beginning your weight loss program, right in the middle or nearing the end, remember that the cravings you are experiencing can be fulfilled in alternative means. So keep up the good work. Stay strong, stay hydrated and stay the course.