The best way I have ever found to lose weight without diet or exercise is to drink at least 8 glasses of ice water a day. Not only will you start to lose weight, you’ll also eat less and be more energized. Here’s why drinking ice cold water is the best thing for your body:
Your body has to heat the water up to body temperature, which costs calories. If you drink 8 8-ounce glasses of ice-cold water a day you’ll burn 70 calories. That’s the equivalent of about 10 minutes of moderate exercise on a stationary bike or jogging half a mile. Doctors recommend you drink 8 glasses of water a day anyway, so by simply drinking this water cold you’ll be burning 490 calories a week. This amounts to burning off a pound of fat every 7 weeks.
Eight glasses of water will significantly suppress your appetite. If you drink a glass of water before every meal and then another with the meal it will help you achieve a feeling of fullness so you eat less.
Think about what you drink now instead of water. If you substitute a glass of water for your normal drink at every meal you could be saving a lot of calories. In one day, if you drink water instead of; orange juice at breakfast, cup of coffee with cream and sugar mid morning, soda at lunch and wine with dinner you’d save about 550 calories a day! Amazingly, that equates to a pound of fat every week! You’d need to run 23 miles a week to achieve the same weight loss.
When you are dehydrated your metabolism slows down, drinking 8 glasses of water a day will guarantee this doesn’t happen. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your metabolism at its optimum rate so you burn the most amount of calories. Dehydration will also make you tired, which will make it harder to find motivation to go to the gym or to burn as many calories as you otherwise would.
Our body is complicated; sometimes when we feel hungry we are actually thirsty. If you feel hungry, drink a glass of ice-cold water, wait 20 minutes and see if you still really want anything to eat. This will help prevent unnecessary calorie intake.
You should also drink 8 glasses of water a day for your general health. Our body is 60% water and every single system relies on water to function properly. Drinking the appropriate amount of water will help flush toxins out of your vital organs, carry nutrients to your cells and provide a moist environment for your ear, nose and throat tissues. You lose water everyday through breathing, sweating and going to the bathroom. The institute of medicine says the average male needs to drink 3 liters, and the average woman 2.2 liters, to replenish these loses. That equates to 101 ounces of water for men and 74 ounces for women. So setting a goal of 8 8-ounce glasses will get you close to this.
Just a quick warning, if your body is not used to consuming this quantity of liquid it will take a while to adjust. You may find yourself needing to go to the bathroom pretty frequently, this is normal. After a week or two you’ll find you body adjusts and you return to your normal bathroom frequency.