Is weight loss accelerated by drinking warm water after meals?

Warm water helps in healing the body, improving digestion, metabolism and reducing metabolic waste that may have accumulated in our immune system and also aids the process of weight loss.

Is weight loss accelerated by drinking warm water after meals?

Is weight loss accelerated by drinking warm water after meals?  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: If you have grown up in an Indian household, you have always heard the elderly people tell you to not drink water after a meal, or before a meal, or during a meal. They are also very particular about the temperature of the water they drink and prefer to drink room temperature and lukewarm water, instead of drinking water from the refrigerator. Even in the summer season, to quench their thirst, they use clay pots to keep the water slightly cool but never touch chilled water.

As a child, you may have found these habits to be weird or slightly obsessive. You might have even thought that it is impossible to survive without refrigerated water, considering how hot it is. However, it turns out that the practice of drinking warm water, especially after meals may even help you in your weight loss goals.

Warm water helps in healing the body, improving digestion, metabolism and reducing metabolic waste that may have accumulated in our immune system. Consumption of warm water increases the tightening of the intestines, which improves the process of elimination of toxins and waste from the body. Cold water, on the other hand, is also stripped off of many minerals and can become a problem for the digestive system, especially during and after a meal. It is recommended that people who like to drink cold water do not consume it 20 minutes before and after eating, nor during the meal.

Warm water improves digestion and helps in washing out toxins from the body. Warm water helps to break down food faster and helps to improve digestion. Drinking cold water during or after a meal, can, in fact, make the oils in the food harder and create a fat deposit in the intestines. Warm water can also help people who suffer from problems like gas and constipation. Bloating and decreased bowel movement is caused due to lack of water in the body. Drinking water, especially warm water can help in improving bowel movement and aid digestion, and help you get rid of problems like constipation. Good digestion is the key to healthy weight loss, and warm water helps in keeping the digestion healthy.

Metabolism plays a very important role in weight loss. Warm water increases body temperature, and thereby also increases metabolic rate. The increased metabolic rate helps burn calories, which is the basis of losing weight. Drinking warm water also improves other functions like that of the kidney and liver.

According to a report on MedicalDaily, physicians recommend drinking warm water with lemon or tea in the morning to decrease the free radical activity in the body, as a means to detox. However, drinking a glass of warm water at any time, especially after your meals can help in the break down of body fat, and also keep cravings away.

Drinking warm water also has other health benefits like alleviating pain, improving blood circulation and also prevent premature ageing.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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