Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important component 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.
It also suppresses the false appetite caused by being even mildly dehydrated. Many people overeat because of thirst not hunger!
The power of water can be harnessed in two ways: by selecting water-rich foods like fresh fruits and vegetables in preference to cereals and grains, and by drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.
If you were stuck in the desert without water, your body would slow down your metabolism as a survival mechanism. And, slowing down our metabolism slows down fat utilization.
Most people fail to drink enough water as they simply don’t feel thirsty, because thirst only happens after we are dehydrated. That’s why marathon runners drink “before” they get thirsty.
People living in dry climates, living or working in air-conditioning often get dehydrated as they are constantly losing water through their biggest organ-skin.
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of, all that metabolized fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.
When they don’t work to capacity some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat, so more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss slows down.
When the body gets less water it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give the body what it needs-PLENTY OF WATER!
If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium only in certain concentrations. The more salt you eat, the more water your system retains to dilute it. Getting rid of unneeded salt is easy-JUST DRINK MORE WATER.
When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. Results? Constipation. But when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns.
That is about 2 quarts. However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 20 pounds of excess weight. An easier way to calculate it is drink half your body weight. (Example: your weight is 150 lbs. Half is 75 oz of water.)
Water should preferably be cold — it is absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water. And some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help burn calories because of the energy expended to warm cold water up to body temperature. Some research suggests that individuals drink more water per day if they are drinking water through a straw verses unscrewing the cap and gulping through a water bottle.
Don’t be concerned if it sends you to the bathroom more regularly. Although this gives you a little extra exercise, (LOL) your body will adjust and you won’t have to go as often.
If you are not exercising enough and/or eating too many calories, or the wrong balance of foods, then water isn’t going to make you slim. But if you are doing the exercise and following the right eating plan, then water is going to make your results come easier, healthier and faster.
At the Genetix Program, our dedicated team of doctors, certified counselors/trainers and nutritionists will work with you every step of the way to lose weight naturally, safely, and effectively. You can do it and we can help!