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When Is The Best Time To Drink Water To Lose Weight?
I was spending time with a couple of friends of mine after the gym the other day and the topic of hydration came up. It is common knowledge that drinking enough water is essential to being able to function, especially if you are lifting weights are putting your body through any form of cardio. However when I googled WHEN to drink water the answers didn't give me exactly what I was looking for.
Most blogs and websites state the best time to drink water to lose weight is during and after a meal, however, according to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; while drinking water during a meal affects subjective feelings of hunger and satiety during the meal, this effect is not maintained after the meal.
What this means in plain speak is that drinking water will only help you feel full during that meal and will have no effect on your appetite afterwards. A lot of proponents of drinking water during a meal say this is the best time especially if you are looking to lose weight, but if it doesn't help you with cravings in the future than how useful is it really?
Other Times People Suggest To Drink Water
Besides during a meal, there are several different times people suggest drinking water for beneficial health effects. While they all have logical reasons why that specific time provides its health benefit, we don't believe any of them qualify as the number one time to drink water. Below is a list of the suggested times and their perceived benefits:
1. Before A Workout: Anytime you exert your body and sweat you lose necessary fluids that must be replaced. By insuring you are properly hydrated prior to working out, you can prevent injury and increase your bodies ability to adapt to stress
2. After A Workout: The logic is similar to drinking water before a work out except you are replacing fluids in order to increase your bodies natural ability to recover from your work out.
3. When Your Tired: Because dehydration can cause drowsiness, a lot of websites suggest drinking water rather than a cup of coffee when your tired.
4. When Your Hungry: When your hungry it could be a sign that your body is craving water, a lot of websites and blogs suggest drinking a couple of glasses of water rather than snacking.
Signs You Need To Drink Water NOW
Make no mistake, dehydration is a truly dangerous threat to our survival and it is imperative we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the effects of the sun when enjoying the outdoor.
One of the most dangerous aspects of dehydration is the fact that their are no warning signs. Once you reach that critical stage immediate action is necessary, meaning if you are in the wrong place at that time there is a high chance of death.
Here are some of the signs that your bodies need for water has become an emergency:
One Of The Worst Times To Drink Water
Believe or not, there is a bad time to drink water and that is right before you go to bed. This is because you are more prone to have the urge to wake up and urinate which can cause serious disturbance to your sleep cycle. When this occurs, you are setting your self up for a whole host of medical issues such as high blood pressure, weight gain, high cholesterol and impaired cognitive functioning.
Consuming mass amounts of water before bed is typically a sign that someone neglected their hydration needs through out the day which can be dangerous.
The BEST Time To Drink Water For Maximum Health
So now that we have gone over the consequences of failing to drink enough water as well as what may happen should you drink water right before going to bed, it is time to unveil the BEST time to consume water....drum roll please.... ALL THE TIME.
Do you ever wonder why there is no "daily recommended" amount for soda, juices or any other drink besides water? Its because you DON'T NEED THEM. The bottom line is that the majority of drinks out there, even the ones that tout they have healthy qualities, are full of excess sugar that your body just doesn't need.
If you ensure that %80 of the fluids you consume is pure water, when you drink water should be of little consequence because you will ensure your body is remaining hydrated throughout the entire day. So stop whatever you are doing and treat your body to the most highly recommended drink on Earth, water!
The Next Step:
Now that you are aware of the best times to drink water in order to help lose weight and ensure maximum health as well as the dangers of consuming mass amounts of water before bed; check out the article below on the best ways to burn belly fat through exercise. By combining a rigorous exercise routine and the right amount of hydration you will be amazed at the results you can achieve