This is why water is your miracle drink for weight loss

waterOf all the ways to lose weight, sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. If you want to start melting all those unwanted pounds and inches, you need to start adding water to your diet regimen. Here's exactly how to maximize your weight loss with your water intake. 


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Water is used by our body in almost all of its vital processes: It helps digest food, regulates your body temperature, and helps get rid of body fat. Exercising causes your body to break down fat. Once this process occurs, the body produces by-products that still need to be eliminated from your body. Water helps flush out those toxins.

Coffee, tea, sodas, fruit juice aren't a suitable replacement. Your body requires pure, clean water in order to stay hydrated and eliminate toxins. When it doesn't get enough of that water, the effects of dehydration are felt immediately: Your energy levels dip and you start getting food cravings, which is obviously a disaster when trying to lose weight.

Studies have also shown that by drinking 8 glasses of cold water per day, you'll burn 7.3 extra pounds of fat per year! This is because water has 0 calories. The temperature also makes a difference.  Since the water you're consuming is cold, your body heats it up during digestion, which requires energy. This actually causes your body to burn calories in order to generate that energy!

When you add this to all the other health benefits we've discussed, it's clear to see why you should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day (preferably cold). Cut back on the soda, cut down on the coffee, and focus on drinking water.

It'll do wonders for your health and energy levels, and you'll start seeing those unwanted pounds and inches melt away.

This post was originally published on February 28, 2013.

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