You Need Water And Sleep To Lose Weight

Without adequate water and sleep, your weight loss efforts will only yield minimal results.

Losing weight takes action, attention, and effort. But these two things that you can do daily will promote weight loss without much work on your part. Eating a reasonable diet, exercising, and tracking what you eat are important, but without proper hydration and minimal sleep your weight loss will be more difficult than it needs to be.

Drink Your Water

Water is essential to life. When you do not drink enough water do you know what the body does? It is counter-intuitive but the body actually retains water when you do not consume enough. Sure, the scale might tip up when you start drinking a lot of water in the beginning but after a little bit of time the body will reach a state of stasis where it will get rid of water as quick as you drink it almost.

For me, drinking water is easy to do. When I remember to do it and when I train myself to do it. I love drinking sodas and that is a major weakness of mine, but when I drink enough water, it curbs my desire to drink a soda, or two, or three… By constantly tanking up on water my cravings subside considerably and that alone can save me from consuming a few hundred unwanted, unneeded, and non-beneficial calories daily. After a few days, weeks, or months, that loss of calories alone can cause a considerable drop in weight.

Water is a natural appetite suppressant also. Just as drinking water can reduce cravings for sugar-filled or other high calorie drinks, it will also prevent you from snacking or eating needlessly. It is a fact that the human body cannot tell the difference between if it thirsty or if it is hungry. Most of the time we eat if that is the case instead of drinking water. Drinking more water can satisfy that sensation while not adding to your calorie count.

If exercising is part of your weight loss plan, staying well hydrated by drinking enough water is critical. Start out your workout hydrated and if possible drink water while you are working out, but also be sure to drink plenty of water afterwards to replenish what you have lost. A common hint is to drink enough water during your workout so that you never feel thirsty. If you begin to feel thirsty, it may be too late to catch up on your hydration during that session.

64 ounces of water, or 8 servings of 8 ounces daily is the standard guideline but I believe that is the minimum, especially if you exercise a lot. To make it easier just carry a water bottle with you all day and just keep it filled at all times.

Get Your Sleep

If you are sleeping then you will not be eating. Rather simple isn’t it? But there is a bit more to it than that.

When you do not get enough sleep, the hormones that affect hunger and the satisfaction of that hunger are thrown into chaos. A lack of sleep will cause the hormone leptin (a satiety hormone) levels to be low, while at the same time elevating ghrelin (the appetite hormone) which causes you to want to eat more.

While sleeping and your body is at rest the primary fuel source is fat (that’s primary though not the only. Of course, the fat calories burned are not a significant amount, compared to the calories burned doing physical activity, but every little bit helps, right?

When you don’t get enough sleep, your moods are going to be altered. If you are like most everyone else, the favored way to deal with a bad mood or feeling down is to eat. By making sure that you have enough rest, the chances of emotional eating are diminished considerably.

Studies have shown that people who do not get enough sleep are prone to consume about 300 calories a day more than when they are well rested. This is probably because they are eating more out of boredom but also to compensate for the energy cost of staying awake longer.

Not drinking enough water can wreck a workout, but going into a workout tired will definitely have an impact on the effectiveness of exercising as well. The better you sleep… the better your workouts… the better your results.

Don’t Overlook These Two Things

When it comes down to it, losing weight should be as simple as burning more calories than you consume, but drinking enough water and getting enough sleep are two important things to consider also. If you have been dieting and exercising but seem to be stuck then make sure that you are not overlooking your hydration and rest.

Are you drinking enough water and are you getting enough sleep?

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – Certified Life Coach – Aspen, Colorado

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