-8 GLASSES A DAY KEEPS FAT AWAY-
(Keeps you healthy and energised)
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, improved health and general wellness. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolise stored fat. Studies have shown that increases in water intake will actually reduce fat deposits.
Here is why: the kidneys cannot function 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. But if the liver has to do some of kidney’s work, it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result it metabolises less fat, more fat remains in the body, and weight loss stops.
Did you know that craving and hunger, can be mistaken for thirst?
Yes, that’s right, you might think you are hungry or crave something when in fact you might only be thirsty!!
Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives the 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, legs and hands. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives the threat and will replace the 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 only 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.
An overweight, or unhealthy person needs more water than a thin person does. Large people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more water. When you are sick or suffer from any medical condition, drinking enough water will help flush out toxic and boost you immune system.
Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone. It helps by giving muscles the proper ability to contract and prevent dehydration. It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss: shrinking cells are buoyed by water, pluming the skin and leaving it clear, healthy and resilient.
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of – all that metabolised fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.
Often wonder why you get headaches during the day? Well, with the above in mind also think about normal body functions and the organs performing those tasks. Your body will not stop functioning the moment it runs out of water.
Example: your heart does not stop until you drink water, or your lungs do not stop working because you don’t have water in your body, all it does is work slower and also reduce body function when water or food supply is low (Cellular Nutrition) and then goes to the colon where water is then recycled back into your body.
Mmmm, sewage water being reused… no wonder you have a headache….
The water that was suppose to leave your body is reused and that is one of the reasons why you might suffer from constipation and headaches. (A lack of fibre in our diet is the main reason for constipation), with inadequate water supplies this problem is compounded.
Water can help relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it syphons 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 metabolise 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 is enough? On average, a person should drink eight glasses every day.
However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 10 kg’s 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 then 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 and Noon: 2 ½ glasses consumed over 30 minutes
Evening: 2 ½ glasses 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 “breakthrough point”. What does this mean? The endocrine gland function improves fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost. More fat is used because the liver is free to metabolise stored fat. Natural thirst returns, there is a loss of hunger 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 thirst. To remedy this situation you have to go back and force another breakthrough.
We all know our body is 80% water – but more than 95% of people take in less than half of the required amount of water!
As a finale note: I am 100% sure you did not bath in coffee or tea last night? Make sure your also clear your body on the inside with clean, fresh water.