HYDRATION and WEIGHT LOSS

March 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Weight loss requires a few things – water being one of the most important.

Many of us do not realise we are dehydrated, or the effects of this.

* In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
* Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
* One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of people.
* Lack of water is the No 1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
* A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and diffuclty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
* Having 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

Drink … drink … drink … water.

Put away the frizzy drinks. Stop buying sweetened fruit beverages. Don’t think that “diet” drinks are a good alternative – the artificial sweeteners used are really bad for you: they stuff up your liver function and make it almost impossible for you to lose weight. Forget the sports and energy drinks – with caffeine and other stimulants, multiple types of sugars and artificial ingredients they are not the health foods they are marketed as. Ignore the advertisements for milkshakes, cold coffee beverages and iced tea. Choose water instead.

Why? Water has zero calories, quenches your thirst better than sweetened beverages and helps keep our bodies cool in the summertime heat.

How much water should you drink? The basic recommendation is 8 x 8 oz (240 ml) glasses of water a day. But the amount of water you need depends on your weight and activity level. A good indicator as to whether you are drinking enough water is to check the amount of coloration in your urine. If your urine is dark yellow in color then you are probably not drinking enough water. If it is close to clear in color then you are drinking enough to give your system a good cleansing.

Water – The Miracle Worker

When it’s pure and free of contaminants — water is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day will:

* improve your energy
* increase your mental and physical performance
* remove toxins and waste products from your body
* keep skin healthy and glowing
* help you lose inches
* reduce headaches and dizziness
* allow for proper digestion
* help to keep you more alkaline

Drinking Water and Weight Loss

Water is a natural appetite suppressant, so developing a good water drinking habit can be a long-term aid in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food.  Many of the calories we consume come from what we drink. So drinking only water is an easy way to reduce calories without making drastic changes in diet or lifestyle. Incorporate these tactics into your daily routine:

* Bring along a water bottle in the car.
* Keep numerous filled bottles on your desk so that you don’t have to refill as often.
* Keep a cooler full of water with you on outings.
* Add a twist of fresh lime or lemon for a zingy taste.
* Make it a personal challenge. Keep a pitcher of ice water in the fridge, and drink it all by the end of the day.
* Place an 8 ounce glass on the counter. Every time you walk past, fill it up with water and drink.

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