Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single 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. Here are our top reasons why you should work towards getting in your 8!
Water supresses your appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decreased water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. Here's why: 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 liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. If the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat and more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.
Water helps combat water retention: When the body gets less water, it perceives it as a threat to survival and begins to hold onto every drop. Water is stored outside of the cells. This shows as swollen feet, legs and hands. The best way to overcome water retention is to drink more water and only then can fat be released.
Water helps maintain normal bowel function: Dehydration is one of the common causes of constipation. Water is an important part of the digestion process because it helps the foods you eat move through your intestines. If you're looking for a simple way to get things moving again, increase your water intake!
Water helps rid the body of toxins: During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of and the metabolized fat must be shed. Staying properly hydrated is the only way to effectively eliminate toxins from your body.
Drink for your body weight: Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person tends to need more water. On the average, a person should drink 64 ounces daily. However, an overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight.
Natural lemon acts as a natural diuretic: Add a slice of lemon to your water! Lemon adds a little bit of flavor but also acts as a natural diuretic and helps prevent water retention. Also, drinking very cold water can help burn additional calories.
Water helps improve skin and complexion: Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract. It also helps prevent sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Additionally, water helps moisturize your skin - a natural anti-aging treatment!
Kelly C., Bel Air
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