Hydration and Weight Loss

Hydration and weight loss are closely related. Water is everywhere, and it is the best friend a dieter can have. If you want to lose weight and/or get healthier, you simply must learn to embrace a water drinking lifestyle.

I can't even begin to tell you how often I suggest this to my weight loss clients. 

I understand that it's not always easy. It's often hard for me to drink my required water intake but here is what I discovered:

If I drink the ideal amount of water, I am not hungry as often.
There you have it. It's the truth. If you are properly hydrated, you will not get as be as hungry.

From my research, I found that sometimes we may think we are hungry yet it is often thirst, not hunger. More water, less food.

Do I have to drink eight glasses of water a day to lose weight?

You should be drinking that much water all the time anyway, regardless of your diet. 

Here’s the thing about hydration and weight loss: when you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys have to work overtime to get rid of waste products. 

What do you do when you need help? You ask someone else for assistance. In this case, your liver pitches in for your kidneys to get rid of toxins.

This is bad for the liver because it has to neglect its own work, which is metabolizing fat so that you can excrete it. The bottom line is that water is necessary for your kidneys to function properly and for your liver to do its job of metabolizing fat. 

Also, if you exercise when trying to get rid of weight, you will need to drink water to replace fat. Think of water as the lubricant that makes everything else in your body possible.

Water is an essential to our bodies and to our life. So it makes it a very important element of any serious weight reduction plan. 

You might struggle with drinking the daily amount of liquids. Not uncommon, however, in 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 

Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

One glass of this liquid will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters according to a University of Washington study.

If you are one of those folks who would much rather drink soda or juice, you need to change it if you are to succeed at good health or weight loss. You must learn to love this amazing liquid. That is a simple fact of a healthy life.

Where to Start with Hydration and Weight Loss?

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Two things you can do to make it easier for you to get the liquids your body needs:

  1. Start drinking a glass of water before you drink juice, coffee or soda. So a glass of water then a THEN a cup of coffee. Then another glass of water, THEN your can of soda.Even if you don't get the full amount of water in each day, at least you have increased your intake.
  2. Buy a case bottled water - the 16 ounce size bottles. Take four out in the morning. and divide you day into four sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening. Be sure to drink one of the bottles at that given time.

By the end of the day--guess what you have drank 64 ounces of water.... Good Work!

I often hear "but that's so much water!! How will I ever drink that much?" For the coffee and soda pop drinkers out there, think about how much of those liquids you drink daily. All it takes is a little bit of patience and you can easily transition yourself to being a well-hydrated person and your fat metabolism system will kick in.

One more thing I forgot to mention is for you to be sure you drink Purified Water so your liver can do even less extra work and help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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