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Water is a Secret Ingredient

Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss

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Is water important? Well let’s see, other than making up 50%-60% of our bodies, regulating body temperature, helping our breathing, transporting nutrients, carrying away waste and helping our muscles function, water is pretty much useless. Oh, and you need water or, after three days without it, you’ll die.

So in other words, water is pretty darn essential. It can even be an extremely important (and often unappreciated) weight loss factor.

Somehow, though, water is one of the most neglected parts of our diet. Some of us possibly go an entire day at times without one glass! Every part of your body is dependent on and comprised of water, and the most important parts need even more. Your brain is made up of 75% water, your blood 82% and your lungs nearly 90%.

Besides being a vital component of your body, water also helps to reduce weight. The more hydrated you are, the quicker your metabolism works. When you are dehydrated – even before you start becoming thirsty – your liver has to help the kidneys function and can’t metabolize fat as quickly. Your metabolism slows down, causing some unwanted fat to remain.

If your body is used to not getting water, it actually stores more in ankles, hips and thighs. In other words, it doesn’t trust you to keep bringing water, so it keeps what it can get, like a thirsty cactus. Once it realizes the water will keep coming, your body will get rid of the stores and you’ll lose weight!

Plus, if you’re suffering from cravings or having trouble controlling hunger, drinking water is a quick, healthy way to feel full. Drink a glass when you normally snack, and have one before your meal and right before going out.

Staying hydrated is not restricted to drinking water; milk, juice and other liquids – even some fruits and vegetables – are good sources of water. But avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, soda), as they actually cause you to lose fluids and become dehydrated.
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  • These reports work up a fear that otherwise healthy adults and children are walking around dehydrated, even that dehydration has reached epidemic proportions. That is not true. According to Rachel C Vreeman and Aaron E Carroll in an article labeled Medical Myths 2007,
    /7633/1288 that this is based on a 1945 recommendation that stated: "A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 litres daily in most instances. An ordinary standard for diverse persons is 1 millilitre for each calorie of food. Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods." Articles like this ignore the last sentence. You know your body, pay attention to it not other people's opinions.
    - 5/9/2016 7:28:15 AM
  • As a former triathlete, I carry a matter bottle that holds 3 cups of liquid and it fits in the bottle holder on my bike. The top pulls out easily with my teeth or my hands! :D Water does re-hydrate a person. My new habit is to drink 5 bottles worth of water during the daytime. i stop drinking after 9pm. - 3/24/2016 8:08:02 PM
  • I don't count anything but water for hydration. I think I'm getting enough. - 3/22/2016 10:59:40 AM
  • I'm surprised they haven't corrected the info about coffee. It is a myth that it is dehydrating and can be counted as water intake is what I have read. - 2/1/2016 8:34:54 AM
  • Drinking my water everyday and during my workouts. Hydrate - 1/27/2016 9:45:28 AM
  • Drinking lots of water helps with not eating too much - 1/19/2016 8:50:04 AM
  • It's not that simplistic for me at my age, but water is a basic necessity and I make sure to get at least 8 glasses each day. - 1/15/2016 1:51:21 PM
  • Thanks, Zabelina1 for your link to NYT article on water drinking. I will try to use water to quell my appetite before snacking, and slow up eating at meals. BUT eight cups a day seems to be an urban myth with no medical basis. - 1/5/2016 11:45:47 AM
  • Love this water article! I did not know water intake regulates your body temperature. So I need to drink more water to help with my hot flashes! A great idea! - 1/3/2016 8:47:43 AM
    I've been making it a point to have water in between bites when I eat. It not only slows me down (working in a school- you tend to inhale your food when on break) but gets me super full! - 12/14/2015 12:38:31 PM
  • I WILL START DRINKING MORE WATER - 12/3/2015 5:51:31 AM
  • Drinking water makes me feel so refreshed! I like it room temp so I can drink 2 cups at a time: 2 when I get up in the morning, 2 between breakfast and lunch, 2 in the afternoon and 2 in the early evening. I drink 2 or more when I'm doing exercise or sweating. - 10/28/2015 7:33:23 AM
  • WOW I needed this article ~ thanks SPARK PEOPLE I think I have identified my 'problem' - 10/19/2015 5:43:03 AM
  • Just the message I needed today!!! - 9/17/2015 10:48:59 PM
  • When I was much younger my momma fussed at me and said my kidneys would blow away one day because I didn't drink water. Back in the mid 90s I gave up iced tea with meals and drank H20 it didn't take long I lost my taste for tea When I joined SP a few yrs ago and began tracking my water, I started making myself drink 16 oz b4 my 1st cup of coffee. Then I fill up a 24 oz bottle to take to the office. I keep 16 oz bottled water in the frig at the office so when the 24 oz is gone; I begin getting new bottles. I have developed a habit of drinking water all day now and I don't even think about it. - 9/17/2015 7:27:07 AM

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