Water is a key nutrient which is absolutely indispensable for the body in order for it to burn body fat, and thereby, imbibing water for the purpose of losing weight can be a vital factor in a program for weight loss. In fact, it is an interesting fact that our bodies are constituted of 55 to 75 percent water, and we require absolutely all of it for the necessary chemical reactions in the physiological processes the body needs to undergo in order to burn off calories, as well as fat. Also, water facilitates the removing of waste by-products (which ensue from the breaking down of fat) from the body. It can happen, thus, that when dehydration occurs and there is insufficient water in order to dilute or water down the waste products which the body needs to excrete, kidney stones may be formed. Then the liver needs to help the kidney with its basic functions, which in turn puts a burden on it, and as a consequence, it may function inadequately for its other roles. The consequence of this is that it reflects negatively on weight loss due to the fact that one of the main functions of this important organ is to burn off fat.
Does research support the fact that imbibing water helps lose weight?
It has been proven that those who drink six and a half cups of water a day (or 52 ounces) ingest 200 less calorie per day, which, mathematically, would mean losing some 20 pounds per year. One of the reasons for this may be that a feeling of hunger may sometimes be misinterpreted as a craving for food, but it may well be an indication of dehydration, as this is the case of confusing hunger for thirst. Thus, researchers have reported that water consumption really does increase the rate at which calories are burned.
What are the signs of dehydration?
- A dry mouth.
- Dark urine or an insufficient production of it.
- Frequent cramps in various body parts.
- Dizziness during workouts.
- Varying energy during working out.
What does water retention imply exactly?
The retaining of water can be caused by raised levels of sodium in the diet and for women, changes in the menstrual cycles. There is a myth or falsehood about drinking a lot of water – that it may make us feel bloated and as a consequence, heavier, but this is, as we said, an untruth. Quite on the contrary, the flushing out of waste products is more effective if we imbibe lots of water. Thus, drinking loads of water with help lose weight.
How much water is enough?
Some 12 cups of water are recommended per day, although 8 cups are more realistic (or 64 ounces). We suggest a gradual increase of water, and every 3 weeks, the intake of water can be increased by one cup.
Thus, drinking water does raise the metabolic rate levels. However, studies have shown that this increase is different in men and in women. With men, burning down more fat causes an increase in the metabolic rate, while in women, the increased breaking down of carbohydrates results in an increase in the metabolic rate.
Some researchers have estimated that during one year, someone who raises their water consumption by 1.5 liters per day could burn off some 17,400 calories, and invoke a weight loss of around five pounds. However, others allege that up to 70% of the increase in the metabolic rate cannot be accredited to drinking water, and thus it seems that there is a need for larger studies.