Lose Weight Through Proper And Healthy Hydration

Healthy hydration for weight loss is not a common knowledge. There is a widely spread opinion that as long as we put enough liquids into our body we are doing the right thing for our health.

The kind of beverages we drink is believed to be irrelevant.

The truth is that some drinks have a dehydrating effect, some drinks cause us to put on weight while others like   green tea   help us lose weight. Read on to find out what to avoid and what is best to drink for healthy hydration and weight loss.

If you are fond of drinking pop and struggle with weight issues you may have switched to diet pop hoping to cure the problem or make it smaller. Unfortunately while soft drinks are heavily contributing to weight gain through their high sugar and calorie content, diet pop is much worse because it confuses the built in body mechanisms.

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People who drink diet soft drinks don’t lose weight. In fact, they gain weight, as recent studies show. The findings come from eight years of data collected by Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

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It is not surprising that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity. However, the surprise was that the risk of obesity was even higher among people who drank only diet soft drinks. In fact, when the researchers took a closer look at their data, they found that nearly all the obesity risk from soft drinks came from diet sodas.

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“There was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day,” Fowler says.

More Diet Drinks, More Weight Gain

Fowler’s team looked at seven to eight years of data on 1,550 Mexican-American and non-Hispanic white Americans aged 25 to 64. Of the 622 study participants who were of normal weight at the beginning of the study, about a third became overweight or obese.

For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

26 percent for up to 1/2 can each day
30.4 percent for 1/2 to one can each day
32.8 percent for 1 to 2 cans each day
47.2 percent for more than 2 cans each day.

For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:

36.5 percent for up to 1/2 can each day
37.5 percent for 1/2 to one can each day
54.5 percent for 1 to 2 cans each day
57.1 percent for more than 2 cans each day.

For each can of diet soft drink consumed each day, a person’s risk of obesity went up 41 percent.

A study of this kind does not prove that diet soda alone causes obesity. More likely, it shows that something linked to diet soda drinking is also linked to obesity. One possible part of the explanation is that people who see they are beginning to gain weight may be more likely to switch from regular to diet soda. But despite their switching, their weight may continue to grow for other reasons. So diet soft drink use is a marker for overweight and obesity.

Some studies suggest that diet soft drinks stimulate appetite.


Artificial Sweeteners – Calorie Confusion Factor

When you use artificial sweeteners, you and your brain become confused about the calorie content of the food you eat. You may actually find yourself eating more in an effort to satisfy an internal urge, and this urge may be related to the assumed ‘fact’ that the sweet dose you just drank didn’t have that many calories, so neither does this cinnamon roll. Actually, before artificial sweeteners, our bodies were pretty good at relating calorie content to food based on the sweetness. This development of internal calorie estimating occurs in childhood. Early use of artificial sweeteners could cause over ingesting of sweet foods later in life, and therefore struggles with weight.

Sugar Trap

The body is very complicated and has a huge number of inter-related, synergistic processes that respond to stimuli. It has learned to begin various body processes when something sweet is detected. The digestive system is prepared to receive a certain type of fuel, but when you ingest artificial sweeteners, our system gets confused and our internal messengers start ‘asking’ for food. This is the trap. You end up ingesting the calories anyway.

Soft Drinks And Dehydration

Many of the soft drinks including diet or artificially sweetened drinks we consume contain caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it dehydrates you by causing your body to lose water. When you are dehydrated, your body’s metabolism slows down. This means that your body functions on fewer calories, and the rest is stored as fat. As you could imagine, this will lead to weight gain, not loss.

Drinks Contributing to Weight Gain

All soft drinks or pop, especialy the diet variety. The regular ones are loaded with sugar and often with coffeine and some chemicals. The diet version replaces sugar with artificial sweeteners which will fool your body into confusion and even more weight gain.

Avoid coffee as it is loaded with coffeine which in addition to having a dehydrating effect causes your cortisol levels to go up. That also contributes to weight gain. Drinks containing alcohol which is a form of sugar increase weight gain.

Healthy Drinks For Weight Loss

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Use clean water free from added chemicals like chlorine, fluoride and other additives usually put into city water to best fuel your body and assist in weight loss. Kangen Water is highly recommended.

If you have to buy bottled water, please use only the spring water variety as it contains minerals your body needs. On occasion if you crave something sweet to drink, opt for freshly made vegetable or fruit juice.

Green tea increases metabolism and helps  burn fat faster.

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We have now covered everything you need to know to start on your way to proper hydration for weight loss.

By: Tamra Hammett RD, LDN