Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S. after soft drinks. It’s common to confuse thirst with hunger. Before reaching for an unplanned snack, try drinking a glass of water first and wait a few minutes. Often times, water will hit the spot if you're only thirsty, but hunger will intensify the longer you wait.
Here are some friendly reminders to think about before you grab your next unplanned snack:
• Water helps to control cravings or hunger.
• Replace high-calorie drinks with water to cut calories and help with weight loss.
• Drink water throughout the day, and before and during meals to help you eat less overall.
• Dehydration slows down metabolism, so drink plenty of water.
• Water helps you feel energized and refreshed in a few minutes.
In addition, here are some of the benefits you receive when drinking water:
• Regulate your body temperature.
• Keep your joints lubricated.
• Flush toxins.
• Water has zero calories.
• Relieve headaches caused by even mild dehydration.
• Feel full and consume fewer calories.
• Aids in digestion. Water is needed to maintain regular bowel movements.
• Reduce fatigue, increase alertness.
• Pain prevention when dehydrated achy joints and muscle cramps.
• You look younger with healthier skin.
Water is so important for you, but don't drink all of your daily water at once. Divide water into several glasses of water throughout the day. This is especially important if you engage in lots of heavy exercise.
Remember, water is a quick and healthy way to feel full. Finally, water replenishes, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.