330ml orange juice – 150 calories
330ml coca cola – 139 calories
330ml diet coke – 2 calories
330ml coconut water – 58 calories
330ml tea with skimmed milk – 20 calories
330ml black coffee – 1 calorie
330ml water – ZERO calories ZERO sugar
Water is good for you, and it’s not just about quenching your thirst. Over half of the human body is made up of water (55 – 70% depending on body size) so it is essential that we drink enough water to keep the cells of the body hydrated in order for them to function properly. Moreover, when following a weight loss and new exercise regime, you need to keep your body hydrated.
- Dehydration slows down the fat burning process: to burn calories, the body needs an adequate supply of water in order to carry out this function properly.
- Burning calories creates toxins, and water is necessary to help flush these toxins from the body.
- Dehydration can cause tiredness as it affects volume of the blood; when your blood volume is reduced, this causes a reduction in the supply of oxygen to muscles which is what makes you feel tired.
- Proper hydration can help reduce muscle and joint soreness when exercising: water lubricates the joints and helps maintain muscle tone.
- We consume far too many calories in the form of sugar-filled beverages: if we drink more water (zero calories, zero sugar!), then in theory we should be drinking less sugary beverages and alcohol, which are not conducive to weight loss.
- We often mistake thirst for hunger, and consume extra calories when really all we needed was a glass of water to make us feel full.
- Drinking water before a meal can help reduce our appetite, and we might therefore consume less food calories.
- Drinking cold water can even increase calorie burn slightly: our metabolism speeds up as it works to heat up the body temperature.
- Keeping the body hydrated reduces bloating. By upping your water intake and reducing salt you can decrease water retention in the body, so by drinking more water you actually reduce the degree to which your body retains it.
- Take a 2l bottle of water with you to work and drink this throughout the day. This way you’ll know how much you’re drinking.
- Flavour your natural water with slices of cucumber, lemon or fresh mint.
- Hot water with fresh lemon in the mornings is beneficial for breaking the overnight fast and revving up your metabolism before breakfast. Add fresh ginger and honey too if you like for extra flavour.
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