Now is a good time to start thinking about shedding those unwanted winter warmer love handles and extra padded cushioning saddle bags you have acquired over the winter. Summer is a stone throw away and the preparation work to fit into your bikini, Mankini or Speedo starts now. Although, if you are considering the latter two, then I would question your sanity.
In a quest to find simple tools or systems to help you lose weight, I came across a new research study done on the effect of consuming excessive water and weight loss.
You have been always preached to that you must drink more water but there has been very little statistical evidence researched that can help the fight in unwanted budges… until now.
A recent study conducted at a tertiary care hospital in Mumbai, India enrolled 50 female overweight participants. The criteria for application was a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 25 – 29.9, 18-23 years of age and that all participants were free from major illness, had no eating disorders and were not on any medication.
The task was simple, each participant had to drink 500ml of water prior to their meal. This meant that they would have to consume 1.5L per day for an 8 week period. No other instructions were given with regards to reducing calorie intake or exercising. The researchers wanted to only measure what the effect 1.5L of excessive water had on the body.
The research found that drinking half a liter of water increased the sympathetic nervous system. The SNS is part of the autonomic nervous system and activates what is termed the Fight or Flight response. An example would be the increased rate and force of heart contractions.
Another research study done by Boschmann et al showed that drinking water could stimulate the process of internal heat called thermogenesis by 30% within 10 minutes of drinking and could be sustained for over an hour. By drinking 1.5L of water, this would have an accumulative energy expenditure of approximately 200KJ per day.
This might not sound like a lot, but over 8 weeks you would have naturally burned 11200 Kilojoules or alternatively 2677 calories. In simple terms, you have just burnt off an entire day’s food consumption simply by drinking 1.5L of water a day for 8 weeks.
The results of the Mumbai study concluded with a reduction in overall female body weight, a reduction in body mass, a bigger reduction in body fat percentage and an overall reduction in appetite from the pre test.
If you are still not convinced then listen to this interesting statistic. If you managed to keep up this routine of drinking 500ml of water with every meal for an entire year, then you would have burnt a total of 77300 kilojoules, which is 17447 calories, which is a grand total of 7 entire days of food burnt off. The most gratifying fact is, this can be achieved without even breaking a sweat.
The question I pose to you is, “What will you look and feel like if you had to add 45 minutes of activity a day, reduce your portion size and drink 1.5L of water a day?”
Take the challenge and share your results with me on twitter @SeanVStaden