Incredible as it may seem, water is possibly the most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off! Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true “magic potion” for permanent weight loss.
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Here’s the reason: the kidneys can’t function properly without enough water. When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the primary functions of the liver is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the work of the kidneys, it can’t operate at full tilt. As a result, the liver metabolizes less fat, more fat remains in the body and weight loss stops.
Drinking enough water is also the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop! Water is stored into extracellular spaces. (Outside the cells) This evidences as swollen feet, legs and hands. Diuretics are a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water, along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives this as a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the water retention quickly returns. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give the body what it needs: plenty of water! Only then will the stored water be released and the swelling subside.
If there is a constant problem with water retention, excess salt (sodium) may be to blame. The body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat, the more water the body retains to dilute it. But, getting rid of excess salt is easy-just drink more water! As this extra water is forced though the kidneys, it takes away the excess salt in solution.
The overweight person needs more water than a thin person. Since we know that water is the key to faster fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person should drink much more water. Water also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are supported by fluid, which plumps up the skin, leaving it clear, healthy and resilient.
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has much more waste to get rid of-all the waste products from the metabolized fat must be excreted. Again, adequate water intake helps to flush away these waste products.
Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it absorbs what it needs from internal sources. One of these primary sources is the colon. A great deal of water can be re-absorbed from the faeces, leaving them dry and hard. The result? Constipation! Drinking enough water will cause normal bowel function to return.
So far, we have covered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss.
1 The body will not function properly without enough water
2 Stored fat cannot be metabolized efficiently without water
3 Retained water shows up as excess weight
4 To get rid of retained fluid, drink more fluid
5 Drinking water is essential to weight loss
How much water is sufficient? On average, a person should drink two liters of water per day. (About eight glasses). An overweight person should drink an additional glass for every ten kilograms of excess weight. Water intake should also be increased when one exercises vigorously or when the weather is hot and dry.
Water should preferably be cold-it is absorbed into the system more rapidly than warn water and is more pleasant to drink. Certain evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help to burn calories.
When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, it regains a state of fluid balance. When this happens, one has reached ‘breakthrough point’.
What does this mean?
1 Endocrine gland functioning improves
2 Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is excreted
3 Natural thirst returns
4 There is a loss of hunger almost overnight
If a person stops drinking enough water, the fluid balance is upset and the result may be fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. To remedy this unhealthy situation, they will have to go back to drinking sufficient water to reach another breakthrough point.