The Importance of Water
By: Donald S. Robertson, M.D. and Carol Robertson
Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off.
Water suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Here’s why – The kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of the load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it cannot work at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat: more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.
Drink enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extra cellular spaces (outside the cells). This shows up as swollen feet, hands, and legs. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs – plenty of water. Only then will stored water be released.
Water helps maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss.
Water helps rid the body of waste. During weight loss the body needs a lot more water to get rid of all that metabolized fat.
How much water is enough? On the average, a person should drink eight (8-oz.) glasses every day. However the overweight person needs on additional glass for every 25 lbs. of excess weight. To utilize water most efficiently during weight loss, follow this schedule:
Morning: One quart over a four hour period.
Noon-Late Afternoon: One quart over a four hour period.
Another rule of thumb: Drink ˝ your body weight in ounces or at least one glass per hour until early evening. Example: 200 lbs. = 100 oz. of water a day.
Please give your body what it needs to shed stored fat….WATER!!!