Hydration on the HCG Diet

Yes, drinking more water can help you lose additional weight on top of the weight you’ll lose because of the HCG hormone. Staying hydrated is a key for many factors that play a role in weight loss, including proper digestion and muscle function.

Reasons why drinking more water may help you lose weight

  1. Water is an appetite suppressant

When you realize you are hungry, your first impulse is to look for food. However, eating may not be the answer. Maybe you are just thirsty, and you’ve mistaken it for hunger.

Moreover, drinking water promotes satiation. It goes through your system quickly and takes up space in your stomach. When your stomach senses that it’s full, it sent a signal to the brain to stop eating.

  1. Water encourages fat metabolism

Your kidney functions properly when you drink water. When your kidney does not function effectively because of dehydration, your liver has to take over the additional responsibilities your kidney used to handle. This means that your liver can’t metabolize fats in your body as it usually does.

Additionally, your growth hormone (hgH), a fat-burning hormone won’t function properly once your body lack water, limiting fat metabolism. Your cognitive function is also impaired if you are dehydrated. This can lead to tiredness, hunger and affect the fat-burning behavior of your body.

  1. Water helps remove body waste

Water helps your kidney filter out toxins and waste. However, when your body is dehydrated, it can’t function well in removing waste. When waste builds up, you may feel bloated, tired, and swollen. This can add inches to your waist and a few extra pounds. Adequate water intake helps prevent constipation. So, stay hydrated. The more you drink water, the easier it is for your system to move things along, and the less likely you are to suffer from bloating and constipation. During the HCG diet, water eliminates toxins and waste from the burning fat stores.

  1. Water stimulates your metabolism

Did you know that dehydration can slow down your metabolism? Drinking adequate water can stimulate your body’s metabolism and energy expenditure which ultimately leads to weight loss. Your body has to spend energy to warm the fluid to body temperature. The more you spend energy, the faster is your metabolism.

  1. Water reduces stress and improves motivation

Inadequate water can make you dehydrated. You may experience symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and fatigue, and these can negatively affect your weight loss goal.

Tips to improve hydration during the HCG diet

  • Drink at least 8 ounces of water with each meal
  • Drink water first thing in the morning as sleep can leave us dehydrated. Coffee and tea are diuretics and will dehydrate you even further.
  • Use your favorite water bottle. Doing so may help get the hydration in. Use a straw and take at least 6 gulps at a time.
  • Drink water during exercise
  • Eat fruits and veggies with higher water content like tomato, cucumber, lettuce, and grapes.
  • Keep a glass of water near your bed.

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2 Comments

  • Chloe Thompson

    Does dehydration affect water weight?

  • Jan Marie Luna

    Yes, it certainly does. Sometimes the reason your weight doesn’t go down even when doing the HCG diet is because when you don’t get enough water, your body will desperately hold on to extra water just because there is low intake of water.

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