Water and Weight Loss

There is so much information to share about water and weight loss. In in my studies I find a lot of information that presents itself as accurate and that is beneficial for us to pay attention to.

The consumption of water and weight loss go hand in hand. When we burn fat our bodies create waste product.

Drinking water helps flush the waste out so our body does not have to deal with the toxins. The toxins, if not flushed properly can slow down weight loss.

One more item of note, staying hydrated can also curb food cravings thus making the your weight loss journey easier and more productive.

How Much Water and Weight Loss

Whether we like it or not, it is essential that we drink at least 64 oz (approx. 2 liters) of water each and every day. That is a minimum folks...there's more. There are studies that suggest that we should also drink an additional 8 ounces (approx. 250 ml) for every 25 pounds (approx. 11.5 kg) over our ideal weight.

So if you weigh 175 pounds and your ideal body weight is 125, it would be advisable for you to drink at least 80 ounces of water daily. This is more in line with the thinking that for every 2 pounds you weigh, drink an ounce of water per day. Using the same weight of 175 pounds, that would equal about 88 ounces per day.

Here are the calculations to make it easier

Calculation 1:

Your current weight minus your ideal weight= Pounds over weight

175 pounds minus 125 pounds = 50 pounds

Pounds overweight divided by 25 multiplied by 8 = extra ounces of water needed.

(50/25) X 8 = 16 ounces

Extra ounces of water needed plus 64 ounces = Ideal Water Intake

16 + 64 = 80 ounces of water per day

Calculation 2: (and much easier)

Your current weight divided by 2 = Ideal Water Intake

175 pounds/2 = 87.5 ounces of water per day.

Whether you use calculation 1 or 2, you can see that either way, a good intake of liquids is essential to your weight loss.

Yes, I know it seems like a lot but read on and you will see the importance of making this change in your life.

One more item to add into the mix: During hot or warm weather, and any exercise or physical activity, add to the ounces.

Importance of Drinking
Water and Weight Loss

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As Donald Robertson, an American doctor, explains: "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."

Why is that? Without enough water, your kidneys are unable to function properly.

When your kidneys don't function to capacity, then the liver has to take on the load. And what does the liver do? The liver metabolizes stored fat so your body can use it as energy.

And if the liver is taking on some of the work of the kidneys, it can't be fully doing its own work so less fat is metabolized, more fat is stored and weight loss stops.

What most people do not realize is that drinking sufficient water is one of the best ways to treat fluid retention.

If our body is not getting enough water, it goes into survival mode and holds onto all the water it can. Using diuretics is only patching the problem as it forces the cells to purge water as well as important nutrients.

This creates a cycle because once again your body is struggling to survive so continues to hold onto every drop of water that it can leading back to fluid retention.

The solution is to to give your body what it is asking for - more water. Once your body no longer perceives a threat, it will be willing to release the excess fluid.--- Just be near the bathroom.

It also helps with relieving constipation. When your organs don't get enough water, it pulls it from other sources in your body. One of the most common sources is the colon and then this results in constipation.

Now if you are overweight, you need even more water than a thin person.

Water also helps maintain goo muscle tone. By hydrating your muscles, they are able to maintain their ability to contract.

One more bonus of drinking, it helps to prevent your skin from sagging after you have lost your weight.

As you are losing weight, your body has additional waste to get rid of from the metabolized fat. The solution once again is WATER.


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