I love this question! I know some people don’t like water and this subject matter is like torture to them. I personally love water, especially ice water with lemon. So, what is the answer to the question, do you have to drink water for weight loss or to live a healthier lifestyle? The answer is yes and no. What? Let me explain.
Yes, you should drink water instead of drinking unnecessary calories. No, you don’t have to drink water if you are eating enough water-based foods.
One of the first things I recommend you do when you are trying to lose weight is to give up soda, diet soda, juices and other artificially flavored beverages. Save these for occasional treats, if at all. Even if you are drinking zero calorie beverages, there are consequences to drinking them due to the effects of the other ingredients used to flavor these drinks.
For example, diet soda uses sugar substitutes, which are chemicals and are much sweeter than regular sugar. Do you really know the long-term effects of the chemicals? No, so why fill your body with them? Also, when you eat or drink something else sweet your body will consume more to get to the level of sweetness it gets from the diet soda. Isn’t that crazy?
Therefore, even though I don’t personally count calories, I don’t like to consume unnecessary calories from beverages. I would rather enjoy and savor the flavors of my food and drink water. Plus you don’t have to drink it plain, you can add lemon, lime, cucumber, orange, or whatever helps you to enjoy it more.
Okay, let’s get to the “no” part of my answer. I am not saying water is not necessary. Your body is about 60% water and your brain is approximately 70% water, so there is no question you need water to survive, thrive and have a properly functioning body.
However, I believe the best way to hydrate your body is to consume water-based foods. What are real ketones water-based foods? These are fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) that have high water content and as an added bonus, they have fiber in them for additional weight loss benefits. I think all fruits and vegetables are beneficial, so just make sure you are getting 5 to 7 servings a day. Add some with each meal as a side dish and include them with your snacks and you should be able to meet that requirement.
So, if you are trying to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, I recommend you eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to ensure you are feeding your body the water it needs naturally. Skip the flavored man-made drinks and drink water instead, and you can be sure you will greatly enhance your weight loss efforts.