Water, the key to weight loss?

June 30, 2009

Think you’re drinking enough water? With the hot summer months upon us if you are not, you could end up with excess body fat, poor muscle tone, digestive complications, muscle soreness, and even water-retention problems.

Next to air, water is the element most necessary for survival. A normal adult is 60 to 70 percent water. We can go without food for almost two months, but without water for only a few days. Yet most people have no idea how much water they should drink. In fact, many live in a dehydrated state.

Without water, we’d be poisoned to death by our own waste products. GROSS! When the kidneys remove uric acid and urea, these must be dissolved in water. If there isn’t enough water, wastes are not removed as effectively and may build up as kidney stones.

Water also is vital for chemical reactions in digestion and metabolism. It carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells through the blood and helps to cool the body through perspiration. Water also lubricates our joints.

We even need water to breathe: our lungs must be moist to take in oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide. It is actually possible to lose a pint of liquid each day just through regular exhaling.

Therefore, if you don’t drink sufficient water, you can impair every aspect of your physiology. Dr. Howard Flaks, an obesity specialist in Beverly Hills, California, says, “By not drinking enough water, many people incur excess body fat, poor muscle tone and size, decreased digestive efficiency and organ function, increased toxicity in the body, joint and muscle soreness and water retention.”

Water retention? YES, If you’re not drinking enough, your body may retain water to compensate. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as swollen feet, legs, and hands. Paradoxically, fluid retention can sometimes be eliminated by drinking more water, not less.

“Proper water intake is a key to weight loss,” says Dr. Donald Robertson, medical director of the Southwest Bariatric Nutrition Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. “If people who are trying to lose weight don’t drink enough water, the body can’t metabolize the fat adequately. Retaining fluid also keeps weight up.”

“The minimum for a healthy person is eight to ten eight-ounce glasses a day,” says Dr. Flaks. “You need more if you exercise a lot or live in a hot climate. In addition, overweight people should drink an extra glass for every 25 pounds they exceed their ideal weight. Consult your own physician for his recommendations.”

At the International Sports Medicine Institute, they have a formula for daily water intake: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s 10 eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds.) and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).

Your water intake should be spread throughout the day and evening. When the body gets enough water to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced. When this happens you’ve reached a breakthrough point. What does this mean?

1. Endocrine-gland function improves
2. Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water lost.
3. More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat
4. Natural thirst returns
5. There is a loss of hunger almost overnight

You may wonder: If I drink this much, won’t I constantly be running to the bathroom? YES, AND THAT IS A VERY GOOD THING!. The good news is that after a few weeks, you bladder tends to adjust and you urinate less frequently but in larger amounts.

By consuming those eight to ten glasses of water throughout the day, you could be on your way to a healthier, leaner body because water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Go grab a glass of water right now!

About the Author:

Victoria Johnson is the nation’s premier Health & Fitness and Wealth & Spirit “activist.” Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson Intl., a personal training, consulting, marketing and management company. She is not only a fitness guru, she’s a born and bred entrepreneur. She believes everyone should be healthy and prosperous. She has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness DVD’s and videos, produced and starred in her own television show entitled “Victoria’s Body Shoppe” and most recently authored her third book, Body Revival, Lose Weight, Feel Great and Pump Up Your Faith! 


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