Among other things, water is the best vehicle that will carry out the extra fat you have stored in your body.
Metabolic rate increases slightly with water consumption
Whether your weight loss strategy espouses carbs with no fat or protein with few carbs, there is one thing your plan most certainly recommends — water. From the veggie-based Ornish diet to steak-loving Atkins diet (and virtually all diets in between) “drink lots of water” is part of the mantra.
Scientific evidence purports that H2O really does help you lose weight. Researchers in Germany report that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. The impact is modest and the findings are preliminary, but the researchers say that their study could have important implications for weight-control programs.
The standard 8 glasses of water a day
Everyone has heard the advice, “Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters of water a day, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine recommendations.
Despite the fact that most diets call for drinking at least these eight, 8-ounce (0.23 liters) glasses of water a day, few studies have been done to determine if the practice actually speeds up weight loss. In an effort to answer this question, Michael Boschmann, MD, and colleagues from Berlin’s Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center tracked energy expenditures among seven men and seven women who were healthy and not overweight.
After drinking approximately 17 ounces (½ liter) of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates, or the rate at which calories are burned, increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.
The study also showed that the increase in metabolic rate differed in men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.
The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms). They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body’s attempt to heat the ingested water. The findings are reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The researchers write that up to 70% of the increase in metabolism, “cannot be attributed to the heating of the ingested water,” but exercise physiologist Daniel Moser, PhD, tells that it is unclear from this small study if this is the case. “Larger studies are clearly needed to confirm this extremely modest weight-loss effect,” says he.
Our body uses nutrients from food we consume daily and the rest it stores as fat. These leftovers from breaking down the carbs in the human body are easily filtered away from vital organs with the help of water of course. Accordingly, fat flush water recipes combined with only a few of fat burning ingredients make it much easier to get rid of the stored fat than other weight loss recipes do.
Here are the steps to make one of the best fat flush water recipes that at the same time reduce bloating and aid digestion. Take our word for it: Your waist line will visibly go down in due time!
Fat Flush Water Recipe
- 8 cups of water
- 1 fresh cucumber, peeled and cut into thin slices
- 1 teaspoon of grated (or powdered) ginger root
- 2 fresh oranges
- 1 lemon, also cut into thin slices
- 12 mint leaves
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients. Grate the ginger root and have about 1 teaspoon ready. Peel the cucumber, rinse it with fresh water and cut it into thin slices. Cut the whole lemon into thin slices as well, and juice the oranges.
Step 2: Combine all the ingredients. Place them in a glass container and let them sit there overnight in order to release the great aroma.
Step 3: The very next day you can indulge in the refreshing mixture. You can consume it every single day without any restraint, and soon you will cheer to its benefits.
So, this is one excellent way to go “light” without a lot of strenuous work out that will make you sweat all over. You can burn that fat away without much physical activities. Patience and determination is all it takes!
Surely, drinking iced water is one of the several ways to harness the mechanism for weight loss since the body must compensate for the sudden temperature drop. One 17 ounce (½ liter) glass of cold water can burn up to 17.5 calories, no treadmill required. But do save this practice for the warm spring and summer days only.
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