So many people struggle with their weight. Whether its just a few pounds they need to lose or much more, it seems that weight loss is on the minds of more than half of the population at any given time. There are countless ads everywhere you look on how to effectively lose weight. No matter if it’s on television, the internet or billboards on the highway, you will see products and gyms that are so quick to promise you the results you’ve been waiting for, if you just try what they have to offer.
Truthfully, it isn’t as complicated as some would have you belief. It is by no means easy but it is completely doable with the implementation of two key things: water and walking. Both of these things used together will definitely have you seeing significant changes in your weight. You don’t need to shell out tons of money for diet products, special foods or gym memberships. Water and walking will quickly have you on your way to losing body fat and reducing your weight.
The first benefit of drinking a lot of water is that it can often curb your hunger. Sometimes when we feel stabs of hunger, we aren’t actually hungry at all, we’re thirsty. Drinking water consistently throughout the day will help you to be able to distinguish actual hunger from other types of hunger. Hunger that can sometimes arise from boredom or certain emotions. Make sure to drink water before, after and during a meal. This is really important because it will help you consume less food. Try only drinking cold water. Your body actually burns more calories warming up the water once it’s swallowed.
Extra calorie burn equals extra body fat loss. It’s extremely important that you understand how much water you are drinking per day. Measuring it is key. You should be consuming half of your total body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 170lbs, you need to be drinking 85 ounces of water per day, which is roughly 10 and a half glasses. Not that much more than the normally recommended 8 glasses a day. Being well hydrated will also help you with your energy levels which you’ll need for your walks! Water and walking are deeply correlated.
So many people have the incorrect notion that they need to do really extensive, complicated, intense workouts to really lose weight. This is not true. Walking is a sensational way to lose body fat and improve other aspects of overall health that aid in losing weight. Walking is one of the best exercise options out there, it is great for whatever fitness level you are currently at and it is easy to increase the speed of your pace once your ability and level of fitness increases.
When you walk, you engage your entire body, pumping your arms in time with your stride will quickly raise your heart rate and increase your calorie burn. Another great thing about walking is that it’s great fun with or without someone with you. If you can convince a friend to start walking with you, you’ll have many walks filled with great and enlightening conversation. Not only will both of you get in better shape but you’ll be strengthening your friendship as well. Walking is perfect for this because some cannot maintain conversation during really grueling high intensity workouts. If you are walking by yourself it will give you ample time to think and will often help you clear your head. Some of the best alone time is spent while walking outdoors. One really great thing about walking outside is all the great scenery that you can enjoy if you really focus on your surroundings and allow yourself to appreciate nature.
By implementing both water and walking you will be on your way to losing weight and improving your health drastically. Drinking half your weight in ounces of cold water each day and walking for 45 minutes to and hour will have you seeing results before you know it. Good health is one of the most important things that you can possess, so take care of yourself by drinking water and walking regularly. Drink water instead of juice or soda, take the stairs instead of using the elevator. All of these little things will yield big results if you commit yourself to it and are consistent!