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How Important is Water to Weight Loss, Really?

All summer long, we hear talk of how important it is to drink water all day long. But as the weather cools down, it’s easy to forget to meet a healthy daily water intake. So, this fall try to think of drinking plenty of water as more than just hydration…think of it as a weight-loss weapon in your arsenal. For example, did you know drinking more water intake can do a lot more for your body than just help it rid itself of toxins? While this is an important benefit, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Water gives your metabolism a workout

The temperature of the water we drink can make all the difference in how our body processes and responds to it. For example, drinking iced water vs. drinking room temperature water can greatly increase the number of calories your body burns processing it. Because iced water is cooler than our internal body temperatures, the metabolism has to work to warm it up before it can be used for hydration. This results in the burning of calories.

Water can replace high-calorie beverages

Imagine replacing every soda or latte you drink in a week with glasses of water. How much more hydrated would you be? When we reflect on what we’re about to put into our body before we get in line at Starbucks, we begin to check in with ourselves and ask: when was the last time I had a glass of water? Take a step back and make the conscious decision to hydrate, then reassess whether or not you need the frappuccino. And if you decide to skip sugary beverages like this for water, take a moment to celebrate your success. You’ve done your body a favor.    

Drinking water can mean seeing results faster

There’s nothing more frustrating than working out, only to see and feel little difference in our bodies. And it’s easy to overlook the thing standing in the way of the results you want. Because no matter how much cardio you do or how much you sweat, your body isn’t at peak performance unless it’s hydrated. Drinking plenty of water before going to the gym helps to keeps our joints and muscles healthy under daily strain, making us strong enough for more strenuous workouts. Additionally, staying hydrated before, during, and after a workout increases our body’s ability to burn and metabolize fat and your ability to see results. 

So, this fall, challenge yourself to make hydration a priority and let us know how much better staying hydrated makes you feel @orberausa

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