Why you need MORE
Water is the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off!
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!
The kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity,
some of their load is dumped on 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 cannot work at full throttle,
therefore metabolizing less fat.
Drinking an adequate amount of water every day is the best treatment for fluid retention.
But when your body is given less water than it needs... it perceives the shortage
as a threat to survival and will begin to retain every drop.
Water reserves are stored in extra-cellular spaces (outside the cells).
This water can show up as swollen feet, hands and legs.
The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs
- plenty of water - only then will stored water be released.
If water retention is a constant problem for you... excess salt may be to blame.
Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone... which in turn,
aids proper muscle contraction and prevents dehydration.
It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells
are buoyed by water which plums the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient.
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has more waste to get rid of -
all that metabolized fat must be shed.
Again . . . Water helps flush out this waste!
A good rule to follow to help speed weight loss is six to eight - 8 oz. glasses of water each day,
plus an extra 8 oz. for every 25 lbs. you are overweight.
Here is a Hydration Calculator that will help you figure how much water you need per day,
with or without exercise incorporated into your day.
Mineral water, spring water, club soda, naturally sparkling water, seltzer, plain or flavored (unsweetened)
are considered your "water" for the day. You can use juice, milk, herbal tea,
decaffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) as 3 of your 6 glasses of water (8 oz).