The Importance of
Water: How 8 Glasses A
Day Keep Fat Away
Water suppresses the appetite
naturally and helps the body metabolize 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
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. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney's
work, it can't operate 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
When the body gets less water
it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold
onto every drop. Water is stored in the extra-cellular spaces
(outside the cell walls). This shows up as swollen feet, 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
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, it follows that the overweight person needs more
Water helps maintain proper muscle tone.
It does this by giving
muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing
dehydration. It also helps to 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
Water helps rid the body
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 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 usually
So how much water is
On the average a person
should drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day. That's about
two quarts. However, the overweight person needs on
additional glass for every 25 pounds overweight. The amount
you drink should also be increased if you exercise briskly or
if the weather is hot and dry.
Water should be preferably
cold--it's absorbed into the system more quickly than warm
water. And some evidence suggests that drinking cold water
can actually help you burn calories.
To utilize water most
efficiently during weight loss follow this schedule:
1 quart consumed over a 30
1 quart consumed over a 30
1 quart consumed between 5 and 6
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?
If you stop drinking enough
water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again,
and you may experience unexplained weight gain and loss of
thirst. To remedy this situation you'll have to go back and
force another breakthrough.
The above article taken
from "The Snowbird Diet" by Donald S. Roberston,
M.D., M. Sc.