Being well hydrated is synonymous with a healthy and functional body, in fact, when we present some degree of dehydration, our physical and mental performance declines and can also experience physical discomfort. However, proper hydration could also be key to weight control.
Hydration level and body weight
A recent study published in Annals of Family Medicine conducted with a large US sample of between 18 and 64 years old, found a significant association between high BMI and poor hydration and between inadequate hydration and obesity.
The results maintained the link between insufficient hydration and higher body weight even after considering confounding factors, therefore, concludes that proper hydration deserves more attention when control body weight.
Previous investigations have confirmed that drinking more water helps you lose weight when you are on weight loss plan, and also a review of several studies published in Nutrients points out that the intake of more than 500 ml of water can boost your metabolism and oxidation fats.
Similarly, it has been found that drinking 500 ml of water before meals helps you lose weight, perhaps because it reduces food intake by causing bloating and remove the possible thirst is often confused with hunger.
On the other hand, the intake of cold water generates more energy expenditure in our body because it must bring its temperature to that of our body.
These could be some of the reasons why good hydration is associated with better weight control , but we must also consider that greater body weight more water we need and why, overweight people in the study had poor hydration by not reach recommended intake of liquids.
On the other hand, poor hydration can cause fluid retention and that translate to increased body weight reverts to the cessation of retention.
In short, there are many reasons that can link adequate intake of water or proper hydration with a lower body weight or, conversely, insufficient hydration more weight. Therefore, and for many reasons it is key consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables, choose water as usual drink and meet our body’s signals to achieve adequate hydration that benefits our body.