Fitness expert Gaurav Negi, Core Retreat and Wellness asserts that weight loss is a ‘tapasya’. Persons trying to reduce their weight should set long-term goals. Patience and consistency are the keywords that can achieve your target.
Giving credit to our Hindu shastras, Negi says Hindu scriptures talk of panchbootas i.e five elements that are essential to keep us fit. Out of the five elements, water represents the liquid state of matter and is responsible for fluid metabolism in the body. Thus water is an essential element that can aid in weight loss. Blood, lymph and other fluids are considered as water elements.
Drinking water can make you burn more calories. Suggesting water therapy as the key component for weight loss, he says that the proponents of water therapy must indulge in the following:
Drink four to five 6-ounce (180-mL) glasses of lukewarm water on an empty stomach every morning
Drinking water first thing in the morning will satiate you and energise you, removing toxins from the body.
Avoid cold water first thing in the morning.
Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal. It will keep you from overeating. It is also an effective way to control calorie intake, thus aiding weight loss
To maintain fluid balance, drinking water before and after your workout can be helpful. Drinking water before workout will again, energise and hydrate you
If you feel hungry too often, you should try drinking water. It will help prevent unnecessary snacking and hunger pangs.
At the beginning, consider starting with only 1–2 glasses and gradually increase the amount
“Drinking water increases the amount of calories you burn. The effects of increasing water intake to over 1 litre were investigated in a study of overweight women. They discovered that over the course of a year, this resulted in an additional 2 kg weight loss” says Negi, the Water Therapy Expert, Core Retreat.