Funny as it may appear, water although always taken for granted may be the single most important tool in losing weight and staying healthy. Water does wonders as it naturally suppresses the appetite and helps wonderfully in metabolizing the fat that is stored in your body. Many studies have shown that a decrease water intake can cause fat deposits to increase, while increasing your water intake you can actually reduce your fat deposits. The reason is that the kidneys cannot function the proper way without enough water, and if they cannot work properly their load gets dumped on the liver, who has many functions one of them being to metabolize stored fat into burnable fat. But if the liver gets stuck picking up the slack of the kidneys then the liver will not be able to do its job of fully metabolizing stored fat thus causing less calories to be burned and you losing less weight.
Water can help in maintaining proper muscle tone by aiding in your muscle’s ability to contract, and is also very helpful for your skin and can prevent sagging skin that comes with age and weight loss, which shrinking cells are buoyed by water which plumps the skin and leaves it resilient, healthy, and clear, giving you that “glow”, that appears with healthy people.
Water is very important in ridding the body of toxins and waste especially during weight loss as the body has a lot more wastes to dump, because all of the metabolized fat has to go somewhere. If the body gets too little water it begins to take it from the internal organs and the colon, and the end result turns into constipation. By drinking water your normal bowel functions can work properly.
Also, when you drink less water your body automatically goes into survival mode and begins to store every ounce of water in your body. So it is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to keep all your inner functions working properly.
How much water should we drink?
It is suggested for a person to drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day, or around 2 quarts. Although an overweight person will need to drink one additional glass of water for every 25 pounds of excess weight. Keep in mind that if you exercise you should consume more as well. It is best to drink water when cold as it is absorbed faster into your system than warm water and can immediately up your metabolism which can cause you to burn more calories.
When the body gets the water that it needs to work properly its fluids are perfectly balance, as your fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost and more fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat properly, but if you lower your water intake your body fluids will be thrown out of whack and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain loss of thirst.
So by keeping to this water ration you will certainly enjoy proper body functions which equally great health and although your doctor will miss seeing you, you will most certainly be the better for it all thanks to water.