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Water is a Secret Ingredient

Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss

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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Member Comments

  • 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
  • I feel so much better when I drink plenty of water, now I get a slight headache when I don't drink enough. For me the problem has always been the water it COLD! Last year while in AZ I saw a local TV station present a piece on how to keep liquids cold (and safe) in their extreme heat. Once home I purchased a hydro flask and have never looked back...truly one of my better moves. Load it with ice, fill it up...water you add will be COLD all day. I purchased their handle and flip top to simply things, and I couldn't be happier. The 32 oz size won't fit in my beverage holder in my car, yet the seal on it is so good that it can roll around on the seat and NOT be a problem, other than being annoying. Oh, it is warranted for 100 years, NOT a salesperson...yet this product was a solution that has simplified my life annnnnnnd has me drinking plenty of water every day! - 9/17/2015 7:17:07 AM
  • No, you don't need 8 glasses.
    k-8-glasses-of-water-a-day.html - 9/16/2015 2:16:18 AM
  • I make sure that I drink 2 very tall glasses of water every day and that's my 8 cups. I usually do more then that though. I love my water. - 9/7/2015 11:11:02 PM
  • I use glasses with the screw on top and straw at home. Easier it fill with ice - 9/7/2015 8:16:44 AM
  • Of the 7 Pillars of Health.....the first is water. I put 8 elastic bands on my right wrist and every time I finish a cup of water, I move one onto my left wrist. I've read, even in present day, that some cultures spend their whole lives working at getting safe water to drink, sometimes walking miles and miles every day and carrying it back to their villages. Imagine that! - 9/4/2015 2:51:03 PM
  • you wont believe i keep bottle of water everywhere near the tv, kitchen, bed, at my office, ,,,
    but sometimes i see them and didnt drink anything
    but if i am in the mood i drink water without any reminder

    now my streak is to drink 2.5-3 L daily - 2/8/2015 1:41:19 AM
  • I usually put out 4 bottles to make sure I get the 8 cups, but I normally drink about 100 oz plus a day. - 1/12/2015 10:31:17 PM
  • Since I have been tracking my water intake my ankles haven't been swelling. I guess this explains why my ankles are hardly swelling now. - 1/12/2015 10:01:10 AM
  • Who would think that WATER a fundamental element, so pure and natural and healthy that with it we take it for granted and without it we pay the price.

    Thank you for the reminder.

    Rajya - 5/15/2014 12:07:21 PM
  • I have heard that 8 glasses of water is great for your body, but you can also drink too much water and actually damage your liver. People have actually landed in the hospital from drinking too much water. I do believe it goes by your weight how much water one should take in? Everything in moderation. - 2/15/2014 6:38:27 AM
    I keep three or four bottles of water in the freezer. I pull out a couple when I wake up and put one in the fridge, one on the counter. Especially during the hot summer, it begins thawing pretty quickly and I drink as it thaws on my walks. And later as I do whatever, I have a bottle by my side. Refill at the tap and into the freezer it goes! - 11/11/2013 6:25:06 PM

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