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Does drinking water help you lose weight?

We’ve covered the many, many benefits of drinking filtered water in the WFA blog before, but there’s one thing we haven’t delved into yet and it’s the claim that drinking water may help you lose weight.

New-idea-wfaThe media is full of celebrities revealing their secrets to weight loss and fad diets, but one recent article caught our attention. TV celebrity and former supermodel, Tziporah Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer and the ex-fiancee of James Packer, recently hit the headlines for losing a lot of weight – 30kg in 12 months!

One of the secrets to her success is – you guessed it, drinking water! Yep, after reaching 118kg, she decided to ditch the sugary drinks in favour of calorie-free water and organic tea and she’s now well within reach of her goal of slimming down to 73kg.

As she told New Idea, “I now drink at least 10 glasses of water a day instead of six cans of diet coke.”

Of course, she’s also eating better, exercising and meditating to get back on a healthy track.

But there are good scientific reasons why her weight loss has been helped by simply drinking water.

Water reduces calorie consumption

WFA-filteredwater-weightlossA high sugar drink, like a can of Coke, has 140 calories. So, if you have just one a day, you’ll need to burn off an extra 51,100 calories each year. Sports drinks and fruit juice are often worse.

Swapping such high calorie drinks for water can help control weight gain. One six-month study found that overweight and obese adults who replaced calorie-rich drinks with water lost 2% to 2.5% of their weight and were two times as likely to achieve 5% weight loss compared to those who didn’t.

And you can’t just swap your sugary soft drink for a diet alternative. Studies have found that artificial sweeteners can actually make you feel hungry, so you want more to munch on. It turns out the artificial sweetener increases the sweet intensity of real nutritive sugar, motivating us to eat more.

Water suppresses your appetite

WFA-lady-in-kitchenMiddle-aged and older adults are at increased risk of being overweight or obese, but studies have shown they benefit most from drinking water before each daily meal. In one study, those who drank 500ml of water 30 minutes before their main meals showed a 44% greater decline in weight than those who didn’t.

Further studies have revealed that the water expands your stomach and sends signals to your brain to say you’re full, reducing your hunger and your total calorie intake. In essence, you’re exploiting the way our minds often confuse hunger and thirst.

Please note that it may not be healthy for some people, such as those with heart or kidney failure, to drink that much water before each meal.

Water helps you burn calories

To burn calories, you need to be well hydrated. Once dehydration occurs it slows our bodily function and metabolism and prohibits the fat-burning process.

What’s more, when you drink water, it induces short-term cardiovascular and metabolic changes that actually burn a few calories as well. This is especially true for cold water, as it takes more energy for your system to warm it to body temperature.

wfa-cold-waterIn one study, people who drank cold water increased their energy expenditure over 90 mins by 2.9%. Room temperature water increased it by 2.3% while body temperature water did not increase energy expenditure at all.

It makes sense that your body would burn more calories warming up the cold water to body temperature. Sure, you’re not going to shed kilos drinking cold water alone, but every bit helps!

Water improves your exercise

water-exerciseWhen it comes to working out, we want to get the most we can from all that hard work. But if you don’t drink enough fluids your exercise sessions won’t be as good as they could be.

When you are dehydrated you can’t regulate heat properly, your body temperature rises, you become fatigued, you don’t think clearly, your motor control and decision-making abilities are affected and you may feel uncomfortable in your stomach. Hardly the recipe for a great workout!

Water is recommended as the best drink to satisfy your thirst and replace the fluids you lose during exercise. There are some guidelines for the amount of water you should have before, during and after exercise, but it depends on the climate, your health and fitness and the intensity of the activity.

Stay sensible – avoid overhydration

Of course, remember you can have too much of a good thing, even water. Just because studies suggest 500ml of water before each meal might improve weight loss, doesn’t mean that two litres will give you four times the benefit. In fact, drinking too much water can be harmful to your health. Overhydration can result in water intoxication, where the water dilutes the salt and other electrolytes in your body. In rare cases the condition can be fatal. So, don’t overdo it.

It’s suggested that drinking water before meals and instead of high calorie drinks will help with weight loss. And remember, the best measure of good hydration is the colour of your urine. If it’s pale and relatively clear, it means you are well hydrated. If it’s colourless, you might be having too much water, while the darker it is, the more water you need to drink.

The best way to keep up your water intake

So, if drinking water helps you keep to a healthy weight, then why not make it easy on yourself and install an inline water filter system in your kitchen. Then you’ll have fresh, filtered water on tap all the time. It tastes better than tap water so you’ll want to drink more!

If you would like to invest in a WFA water filter, browse our online store or contact one of our friendly customer service team.

Seven reasons why you need a WFA inline water filter system

Are you thinking of swapping your water filter jug for an inline water filter? Or are you dipping your toe into the wonderful world of filtered water for the first time and are wondering – what is an inline water filter?

We’ve put together the top seven reasons why you need an inline water filter system in your kitchen.

1. Filtered water direct from your existing tap

Renovating your kitchen? The good news is that with an inline water filter system you get to choose any tap design you like! Also, if you’ve chosen a marble, stainless steel or concrete benchtop, there is no need to drill into it and spoil the aesthetic.

Alternatively, if you absolutely love your existing tap there is no extra expense of changing it. You get to keep it and have the added bonus of filtered water 24/7 so you and your family can enjoy all the health benefits.

2. Convenience

Once you’ve had the convenience of filtered water direct from your kitchen tap, you won’t want to go back! You can use it for absolutely everything.

First thing in the morning, fill your kettle for the perfect tasting cup of tea or fill your coffee maker with filtered water for a great tasting espresso.

making-riceMaking dinner? You’ll have it sorted. You can wash your veggies and cook with filtered water.

WFA top tip –  it makes all the difference to the taste of your rice.

Drinks with your meal? You can go way beyond a glass of water and create some delicious drinks.

And remember to fill your ice trays too as the ice tastes very different with filtered water.

3. Easy to install – DIY

Our WFA inline water filter is super easy to install – we’ve even made a little ‘how to’ video. You’ll save money as there is no need to call the plumber, everything you need is supplied in the box, even the plumbing tape!

All you need is a pencil and a screwdriver.

Just follow the instructions and watch this simple how to video.

4. Faster flow (4 x faster than others)

Forget the all too familiar dribble from a separate filter tap, with a WFA inline water filter the filtered water flows fast. The flow rate is four times faster than other brands. You might be so impressed with the flow rate that you’ll forget the filter system is there!

5. Save money – Lasts a regular family of four a year

A WFA inline water filter cartridge lasts a regular family of four a year, to put it in perspective that’s the equivalent to 56,000 plastic water bottles.

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There are a number of reminders will prompt you to change your water filter cartridge.

6. Save space in kitchen. Can fit horizontal and vertical

If you’ve a deep sink … or a small under sink cupboard, then space is often limited. Our WFA inline water filter has the flexibility to fit either horizontally or vertically under your sink.

7. Top quality, lifetime guarantee

WFA is Australian owned and has been in the business since 1999. Read the WFA story here. All our water filters are made with the highest quality materials and go through rigorous testing.

Our water filters are certified with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), an internationally recognised, not for profit, independent third party testing authority. They are also Watermark approved, which is our Australian standards tick of approval.

The warranty is valid for a year and if you replace your water filter cartridge within the specified time then the warranty on the parts (filter head, hoses and valves) extends for another 12 months each time effectively giving you a lifetime warranty.

The many other reasons

There are many other reasons for choosing a WFA inline water filter system. Like the amazing health benefits of drinking filtered water all the time. Filtered water is good for your brain, great if you are pregnant and a clever way to get your children to drink more water.

Then there is the massive advantage of helping to save the environment by choosing to refuse single use plastic water bottles and use a water filter instead. The list goes on…

Healthy filtered water for all the family

If you would like healthy filtered water for all the family direct from your kitchen tap buy a WFA inline water filter system today or contact our friendly WFA customer service team to discuss your water filtration needs.

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Get ready for summer with a WFA water filter

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Dreaming of warmer days? The good news is that summer is just around the corner. But with sunny BBQs, backyard cricket and long days at the beach often comes high temperatures where it’s more important to keep hydrated or you’ll be at risk of dehydration.

So, why is it important to drink enough filtered water on a hot day?

The average adult loses between two and three litres of water a day through sweat, urination and breathing. That amount increases on a hot day especially if you are sweating more than normal. Also, if you are sweating a lot then you are losing more than just water. You are also losing important electrolytes such as sodium and potassium.

Your body doesn’t store water so drinking regular amounts throughout the day is key.

When the weather is warmer and especially if we experience a heat wave, it’s even more important to recognise the signs of dehydration and follow the key steps to prevent it. If it’s a super-hot day check out WFA’s guide to what to do in a heat wave.

girl-drinks-waterWho is more at risk of dehydration?

  • Young children are generally more at risk due to their higher metabolic rate. They need to drink more frequently than adults. However, it can often be a challenge finding ways to make children drink more water. WFA has some handy tips!
  • Sick people and people on medication may also get dehydrated more quickly so it’s extra important to make sure they are hydrated.
  • Elderly people are more at risk as their bodies hold less fluid.
  • Pregnant women are often at greater risk of dehydration.
  • Active adults, especially those who take part in intense sport in hot weather, need to be especially vigilant and keep up their water intake – especially if they have been exercising for more than an hour.
  • It’s important to recognise the signs of dehydration before it develops into a more serious condition like heat exhaustion or a life-threatening condition like heatstroke.

Heatstroke is a very serious condition where you could lose consciousness, and it requires immediate medical attention. If you or someone you care for experience this, you need to seek medical help immediately.

So how much water should you drink?

The government’s Eatwell guidelines suggest six to eight glasses of water a day.

Better Health Victoria recommends the following guide for children and adults:

  • Children under the age of 1: 0.7-0.9 litres
  • Children from 1-8: 1-2 litres
  • Girls aged 9-18: 1.4-1.6 litres
  • Boys aged 9-18: 1.6-1.9 litres
  • Women: 2.2 litres
  • Men: 2.6 litres

These are a guide and you’ll need to increase that on a hot day, especially if you are sweating a lot.

How do I make sure I drink enough water during summer?

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  1. Watch for warning signs – don’t wait until you feel thirsty. If you feel thirsty then it’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re already mildly dehydrated.
  2. Monitor fluid loss through checking your urine – it should be a pale yellow and not dark.
  3. Set reminders to drink – use a phone alarm or download apps like … Daily Water Tracker and Plant Nanny for children. Healthline have put together a good list of the best ones.
  4. Buy an inline water filter and you’ll have fresh filtered water on tap 24 hours a day. Easy access to great tasting filtered water means you’ll want to drink more.
  5. Get yourself a reusable water bottle – WFA staff enjoy the Made by Fressko range – so you can take your filtered water with you on the go.
  6. Fill your ice trays with filtered water (WFA tip – buy ice trays with covers so the freezer smell does not affect the taste of the ice).
  7. Eat fruit high in water content. Around 20% of your water intake comes from food. For example, a bite of watermelon contains approximately 92% water and 6% sugar. The added bonus of watermelon is that it’s high in vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene. So, you’ll be healthy and hydrated!
  8. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these are strong diuretics, which means you’ll urinate more. Choose to make a refreshing non-alcoholic summer drink instead.

Summer drink idea – watermelon, basil and lime fruit-infused water

You’ll need:WFA-watermelon

filtered water
1 lime
2 slices of watermelon
a few basil leaves
filtered water ice cubes
Method:

Fill a jug with filtered water direct from your WFA inline water filter. Add the chopped watermelon. Cut the lime into thin slices and add to the water. Squeeze the ends of the lime into the filtered water. Break up some of the basil and add. Add ice (made previously with filtered water).

Add some extra sparkle?

You can add a bit of a sparkle to this refreshing drink by carbonating your filtered water. This can easily be done simply by carbonating filtered water in a Sodastream machine.

Be summer ready

If you already have a water filter make sure that you change the water filter cartridge on time. A WFA inline water filter cartridge usually lasts a family of four a year but there are other ways to tell when to change your water filter cartridge.

Changing your water filter cartridge on time will keep your water filter working properly and if you have a WFA water filter system, the warranty extends every year (as long as you change the water filter cartridge within the recommended time).

Enjoy the warmer days and remember to stay hydrated with healthy filtered water on tap. Have a happy and healthy summer!