When you embrace the idea of healthy eating for weight loss, you can open up so many areas of healthy activity that will ensure you remain both slim and healthy. In this case, the idea of drinking yourself slim.
To fully explain the idea behind this simple measure, we need to have a basic chemistry lesson.
Water has a high specific heat. This means that it takes a lot of energy to raise the temperature of water even a little. In chemistry, it is considered that it takes one unit of heat (a calorie) to heat 1ml of water by 1〫C (about 2〫F).
Your body temperature is 37〫C or 98.6〫F.
The temperature of cold, refrigerated water is around 3〫C or 38〫F
If you drink one ml of cold water, your body needs to raise it by 34〫C or 60〫F.
This will take 30 – 34 calories. (34/1 in centigrade or 60 /2 in fahrenheit).
Let’s average it out at 32 calories, as these measurements are not exact.
Now if you drink 1 litre of cold water a day, you will need to burn 32,000 calories (or 32 kilocalories or Calories)
If you drink 2 litres of cold water a day, you will burn 64 Calories. So, every day, simply by adjusting your drinking habits, you can burn 64 Calories, without doing anything else.
That amounts to about 3 kilos or 6 pounds a year. OK, that’s not earth shattering. But you’re not doing anything much either.
Not everyone likes cold drinks, so this may not be for you. But few people can resist cold drinks in a hot summer.
The added bonus in all this is that people often feel they are hungry when in fact they are thirsty. So by drinking 2 litres of water a day, you will naturally not be eating as much as you might normally.
Make sure you drink cold water and not cold soft drinks or other drinks. Water helps to detoxify and flush the system out, all part of a healthy lifestyle that trims you down.
You can’t over drink water, as long as you remember that with the water goes some nutrient loss. Two litres is about ‘normal’ for most people in most situations. If you drink more than this, because you are naturally thirsty or because you are sweating a lot, then make sure you replenish those nutrients through a healthy nutrient-rich diet.
Healthy eating for weight loss details all the healthy foods, as well as the unhealthy foods to avoid.
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