As I have discussed in previous articles there are a number of ways to improve your metabolic rate. Changes to your diet, exercise and overall lifestyle all help. In this article I discuss the importance of drinking water to boost your metabolism.
People can survive much longer without food than without water. If the body is deprived of water or fluids in general, the liver begins to retain fluids. When the body goes into water retention mode, it does not concentrate on other important bodily functions, including burning calories and burning fat. Your weight will increase because of this and also because of the additional water you are holding.
Therefore, hydration is vital to keep your metabolism working properly. You need to ensure that you are getting enough water each day. There are a number of ways you can achieve this which I have outlined below:
1) CARRY A WATER BOTTLE:- This is a great way to make sure that you have fluid available to you at all times. Take it with you when you are driving, when you are working or wherever else you go and refill it when needed.
2) LIMIT CAFFEINE:- You do not have to give up your morning coffee but try and limit the caffeine you do consume. For example, if you consume a can of coke everyday, maybe try to make it every other day. Caffeine is a diuretic and too much will undo your efforts to stay hydrated.
3) MIX IT UP:- The body needs a certain amount of water each day. However, you do not have to drink pure water all the time. Low sugar fruit juices and green teas are two of the many viable alternatives to get your daily water intake.
4) DRINK FLUID AFTER EXERCISE:- You lose a lot of fluid after rigorous exercise. You need to replace this by drinking a little extra water after your routine.
Water alone will not boost your metabolism. However, keeping hydrated will ensure that your metabolism is functioning correctly. This will maximise the effectiveness of your other metabolism boosting efforts. By mixing water with a good diet and exercise plan, you can realise great results.