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Can drinking water help in losing weight? You might be surprised by this simple method. But, before we proceed, you need
to understand some background, the baiscs of BMR, body fat, muscle, total body weight, BMI and calorie. In fact, a healthy weight management consists of three parameters: fat, muscle and water. Let us understand the body fat and muscle first.
BMR is basal metabolic rate, it is the number of calories you body needs or burns when at rest (or another word when you are sleeping).
All foods and drinks have calories, when you eat less calories than your BMR, you lose weight; if more, then you gain weight.
When you are losing weight, you will lose a combination of fat and muscle. Please take note of:
Weight on the scale and BMI (body mass index) does not indicate a healthy body fat
Man on left:
Man on right:
The above scan image indicates 2 adults with the same BMI. While their BMI is similar, resulting in the same BMI, the person on the left has twice as much body fat as the person on the left.
For every extra pound of muscle gained in the body uses approximately 50 extra calories a day. Muscle is denser than fat, so monitoring muscle mass give more accurate understanding of a person's overall compositions in thie total weight and helps in regards to weight management.
If you are on a diet where you are eating less than your BMR, you will be losing fat, but you will also be losing muscle if you are not eating the right combination of foods and eating at the right time.
That is why you may have heard people say that dieting can destroy your metabolism. When you lose muscle, your BMR goes down, and you are forced to eat less and less because your body naturally burns less and less.
Muscle is the source of your metabolism. Keep your muscle at all costs! Your goal is to lose fat, not just the weight.
To lose fat, water is the key, apart from the proper diet choice and exercise. How does drinking water help in fat loss?
If 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. Increase metabolism means increase the calorie burn and fat loss. This is how you can achieve fat loss by drinking water.
people may have different opinions about fat loss by drinking water,
water can surely curb hunger and encourage you to replace high-calorie
drinks, and coupled with the right strategy to lose fat, not muscle, you can achieve a healthy weight loss.
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