The Magic of Water

You’ve probably heard it 100 Million Times before.  “Drink Eight glasses of water a day.”  But drinking water isn’t just about staying hydrated.

First of all, water is one of the single most important catalysts for losing weight….and keeping it off.  With over 80% of our planet made out of water and 70% of the human body weight composed of water this should come as no big surprise. Many fitness professionals refer to water as being the only true “magic potion” for permanent weight loss.  I know, I know, I always tell you there is no “Magic Formula or potion” to lose weight…. So how can this be you ask?

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.  Studies shows that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits.

Why? The kidneys can’t function properly without enough water.  When the kidneys don’t function to capacity, some of the work load is taken on by the liver.  The liver’s primary function is to metabolize stored fat. (NOT LIQOUR as most seem to think! LOL).  If the liver has to do some of the kidneys work, it can’t function at its optimal capacity.  As a result, it metabolizes less fat.  More fat remains stored and weight-loss/fat loss stops.

The best way to overcome water retention is to give the body more water.  The body will then release the stored water.  Diuretics offer only temporary relief of water retention.  Your body will perceive this as a threat to survival and hold on to every drop.

If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be you problem; the more salt you eat the more water your body will hold.  It holds onto water to dilute the salt because the body can only tolerate so much sodium.  To get rid off sodium, drink more water.  Water will remove sodium as it passes through the kidneys.

Water helps to maintain muscle by giving it the natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.  Remember, your muscles are primarily made up of water.

How much water is enough?  On the average a person should drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day.  However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight.  The amount of water should be increased if you exercise in hot or dry climates.

Whenever possible the water should be cold.  This is because cold water is absorbed more quickly by the body.  Also, your body burns more calories when you ingest cold water.   This is best explained by defining a calorie.  A calorie is defined as the amount of heat it requires to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius.  Therefore, if you drink water that is colder; say around three degrees Celsius (Ice water) and you bodies core temperature is around Thirty-Seven degrees Celsius (98.6 F) then your body’s metabolism must work harder to bring the cooler water up to your core temperature.  Other wise you get cold right?

An eight ounce glass of water contains approximately 227 grams of water.  227 grams of three degree Celsius ice water being heated up to thirty seven degrees Celsius equates to the use of 224 calories!  Considering that water contains no actual calories this is a calorie burning bonus that helps to keep your metabolism fired up.

Now don’t get all excited thinking that you are going to lose weight on a ice water diet!  There is much more to losing body fat, including a proper diet and the right amount of exercise.

Ice water won't replace a healthy diet, but it will burn a few extra Calories.

Ice water won't replace a healthy diet and exercise, but it will burn a few extra Calories.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment on my blog, or send me an email.

To Your Continued Success

JJ Brawley N.C.P.T.

San Diego’s Friendliest Personal trainer

Helping People Look Better Naked Since 2003

Inner City Boot Camp Program Coordinator

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