HOW 8 GLASSES A DAY HELPS
KEEP FAT A WAY
Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possible
the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping
it off. Although most of us take it for granted, water may' be
the on1y true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss.
Water suppresses the appetite 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 why. The kidneys cannot function properly, without
enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of the 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 cannot work
at full throttle. As a result it metabolizes less fat: more fat
remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.
Drinking enough water is 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
in extra cellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as
swollen, feet, hands, and legs. Diuretics offer a temporary solution
at best. They force out stored water along with some essential
nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace
the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly
returns. 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 you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt
may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium on1y in certain
concentrations. The more salt you eat, the more water your system
retains to dilute it. But getting rid of unneeded salt is easy
- just drink more water. As it is forced thru the kidneys, it
takes away excess sodium.
The overweight person needs more water than the thin one. Larger
people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is
the key to fat metabolism
Water helps maintain proper muscle tone, by giving muscles their
natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It
also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight
loss. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water which plumps the skin
and leaves it clear, healthy, and resilient.
Waters 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.
Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little
water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon
is one primary source. Result? Constipation. But when a person
drinks enough water, normal bowel function returns.
So far, we have discovered some remarkable truths about water
and about weight loss. The body will not function properly. without
enough water and cannot metabolize stored fat efficiently. Retained
water shows up as excess weight. To get rid of excess water you
must drink more water. Drinking water is essential to weight loss.
How much water is enough? On the average, a person should drink
eight (8 oz.) glasses every day. However, the overweight person
needs one additional glass for every 25 lbs. of excess weight.
The amount that you drink should be increased if you exercise
or if the weather is hot and dry.
Water should preferably be cold - it is absorbed more quickly
into the system than warm water. Some evidence suggests that drinking
cold water can actually burn calories. To utilize water most efficiently
during weight loss, follow this schedule.
Morning: One quart consumed over a thirty minute period.
Noon: One quart consumed over a thirty minute period.
Evening: One quart consumed between 5-8 pm.
When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its
fluids are perfectly balanced. When this happens, you have reached
the "breakthru point". What does this mean? Endocrine gland
function improves. Fluid retention is alleviated as stored water
is lost. More fat is used because the liver is free to metabolize
stored fat. Natural thirst returns. There is a loss of huger almost
overnight. If you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids
will be thrown out of balance again and you may experience
fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst. To
remedy this situation, you have to go back and force another breakthru.