Not Getting Enough Of THIS? You're Probably RUINING Your Fat Loss
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
If you have ever spent time dehydrated, then you understand the role water plays in your life.
However, what you may not know about is water’s uncanny ability to help you burn fat, lose MORE weight, and feel more youthful.
Water not only has been shown to fill you up, which could lead to less calorie intake, but it may also increase fat oxidation, or fat burning.
You see, water has zero calories, which makes it the perfect drink to consume when you are trying to lose weight.
Not only that, but it is sugar-free, which may aid in weight loss and boosting fat burning in your body.
Let me explain…
Water and Increased Fat Oxidation
The majority of your body is made up of water while the rest is comprised of proteins, minerals, and some fats.
So keeping adequately hydrated should be the first and foremost priority, if you are looking to improve your overall health.
However, most people consume moderate to high carbohydrate drinks instead of water, which has been shown to spike the hormone insulin.
Insulin, which helps shuttle sugar out of your blood and into your muscles, when increased, has been shown to shut down or decrease the enzymes which are responsible for fat breakdown.
However, since water is sugar-free, this may prevent the insulin spike normally associated with sugary drinks.
Result: increased fat burning.
After a meal, fat burning is naturally slowed or even shut down due to enzymes breaking down the food particles in your stomach and digestive system.
However, utilizing water as your main drink at meals, has been associated with a faster return to fat burning (roughly two hours post-meal), then when a sugary drink is consumed.
Some studies have shown that sugary drinks with your meals, may prevent fat burning for as long as six hours post-meal.
Top Five Ways that You Can “Eat” Your Water
Normally, you would think that water is only consumed by drinking it.
Some tips to remember about foods that contain water:
Most foods that contain a large amount of water will appear larger and fuller, compared to foods that have very little water content.
Secondly, water-filled foods may take you longer to chew, therefore "tricking" your body into thinking you have eaten more than you actually have.
Third, more water in the foods may translate into more water in your stomach, therefore filling you up, which could prevent you from overeating.
So today, we present to you the Best Water Sources That Can Be Eaten:
Watermelon, which is full of vitamin C, beta carotene, and lycopene, is also 95 percent water.
So enjoying this summertime snack year round is worth it.
Not only do you get a high content of water, you also get calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium, which makes it a great snack for replenishing your body of lost nutrients after your workout.
Besides having plenty of water, vitamins, and minerals, watermelon also has naturally occurring sugar (only 8 percent), which is much lower than juices and sugary drinks.
For most people, tomatoes are used as a vegetable to top salads, sandwiches, and other meals.
However, you may not know that tomatoes are actually a fruit – and they contain a LOT of water.
Tomatoes are 90 percent water, which makes them a perfect food to rehydrate you at any meal of the day.
They are also filled with the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to benefit eye and heart health.
Plus, tomatoes have a healthy serving of vitamins A, C, and potassium, which are vital nutrients for improving ALL the cells in your body.
It is best to cook this fruit or include it with a healthy fat (olive oil for example), which may improve the absorption of lycopene by your body.
By far, radishes are one of the most underutilized vegetables on the market today.
Radishes are not only packed with vitamins and minerals, but they are also 95 percent water.
Radishes are a low-calorie food (19 calories in one cup), which makes it a perfect weight-loss boosting topper.
Not only are radishes perfect for boosting your hydration levels, but they are chock full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber.
Do yourself a favor, try topping your salad with this hearty, different tasting root to not only boost your water intake, but provide your body with a low-calorie, nutrient-dense food source.
This green leafy vegetable is very abundant and bursting with flavors in the colder climates.
This vegetable is 80 percent water, and can easily replace more popular leafy greens (spinach and cabbage), if you want to change up the nutrition on your plate.
Kale contains essential vitamins and minerals, which are much needed to fight off colds and flus which may run rampant in the winter months.
You find healthy doses of vitamins A, C, and E, plus minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and calcium.
Research has also shown that kale contains a phytochemical called sulforaphane, which has been linked to a reduction in cancer.
Throw this in for a quick sauté with some garlic and olive oil for a tasty, green, nutrient-rich side dish that goes perfect with just about any protein source.
Cucumbers are the fourth most widely grown and harvested vegetable.
Chock full of water (some up to 97 percent water) this veggie is perfect for topping off salads and sandwiches for a quick boost of water and plenty of healthy nutrition.
Cucumbers also contain vitamins A, C, and B5, plus minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all with very little calories.
For a quick and water-filled snack, stack some cucumbers and tomatoes between two slices of bread for a quick and nutritious lunch or snack.
Make Sure You Get Enough Water
Water is a key nutrient to your overall health and wellness.
Including water at every meal has been shown to fill you up, prevent overeating, and may even increase fat burning.
These water-filled foods may boost your fat burning, keep you hydrated, and protect the health of all the cells in your body.