Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Water | The secret to weight loss

 Drink water the secret to Weight loss

If someone, such as a personal trainer or wellness coach, told you you could lose weight with little to no effort on your part, just drink water.  Would you believe them?  What if a mother of three boys told you she lost weight using incredible Herbalife products that made her feel better, predominately mixed with water.  Would you believe her?  What if, the secret to weight loss did not involve increased exercise or decreased calorie consumption?  Would you believe the secret to weight loss?  What if, this method was fast and free and simply available to everyone?  Would you sign up at the opportunity to do it?  Then great!  Now is your opportunity to do just that, drink more water. studies have suggested, drinking water before each meal has been shown to help promote weight loss, according to Brenda Davy, PhD, an associate professor of nutrition at Virginia Tech and senior author of the new study, WebMD.  Drinking just two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals helps people melt pounds away.  Water makes people feel fuller, thus eating less food means less calories, therefore weight simply sheds away.  The human brain does not know the difference between being hungry or thirsty.  By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.  Many people have lost their sense of thirst and mistake it for hunger.  Water helps the body purify itself of toxins as well as help the brain function better.  Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.  At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.  A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.  Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication.  Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.  Water intoxication is most likely to occur during periods of intense athletic performance.  The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.

National Geographic, October 1993

While the daily recommended amount of water is eight cups per day, not all of this water must be consumed in the liquid form.  Nearly every food (fruits and vegetables) or drink item provides some water to the body.  Did you know?  Soft drinks, coffee, and tea, while made up almost entirely of water, also contain caffeine.  Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, which can result in the need to drink more water.

How much do you know about Water?

Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water.  Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.  Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.  Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.  Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer, and breast cancer.  For a majority of sufferers, drinking water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.  Water naturally moisturizes skin and ensures proper cellular nutrition underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy, glowing appearance.  Water aids in the digestion process and prevents constipation.  Water is the primary mode of transportation for all nutrients in the body.   Hydrate yourself for proper circulation.

Your very own body of water

A Good to Know:

The water we drink today is the same water the dinosaurs drank—there is no new water.  Drinking water saves you money, especially true if you often dine-out. Saving a mere $2 to $5 per day which adds up to $700 to $1800 saved per year.

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1 comment:

  1. Many people have lost their sense of thirst and mistake it for hunger....REALLY??? You really expect me to believe I have lost my sense of thirst? If so, then how do you explain the fact that when I work out and sweat I get thirsty? If I have "lost my sense of thirst" I can't ever be thirsty, right? That is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard.