Drinking Water For Weight Loss: The Underutilized Elixir

Water For Weight LossWhat is the most vital nutrient for optimal health, performance, weight loss and just about every other physiological function?

 You probably guessed it, water. Although most know the answer, it is remarkable how underutilized this nutrient is.

Great health starts with the basics.  Read on to learn more about the importance of H2O and tips for staying properly hydrated, as well as how to drink water for weight loss.

Thorough hydration promotes weight loss  

Although there is recent speculation regarding the validity of “The Eight Glasses of Water Principle,” I say more is better.  Dr. Oz and the Mayo Clinic will agree over a reporter finding a “so called expert” to debunk the myth.

Yes, in an extreme circumstance water can be overdone, but one really has to practically drown themself with excessive water ingestion. Instead, know your body.  The easiest way to tell if one is properly hydrated is by their urine.  This may sound repulsive, but clear urine means H2O rich.  The darker it is, the less hydrated one is and the more toxins, impurities and waste one’s body is trying to pass.

With that said, here is the science behind hydration and fat/weight loss. “Water suppresses the appetite naturally 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 can’t function properly without enough water. When the kidneys don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. If the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat, more fat remains stored in the body, and weight loss stops (Donald S. Robertson, M.D., M. Sc).”

Water retention and more H20 benefits

When it comes to general weight loss, water is also the cure for water retention. ” Drinking 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, legs and hands. 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 the body what it needs. PLENTY OF WATER. Only then will the stored water be released. If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat, the more water your system retains to dilute it. But getting rid of un-needed salt is easy – just drink more water. As it’s forced through the kidneys, it takes away excess sodium. ( Donald S. Robertson, M.D., M. Sc).”

Remember, everyone is different and all body types need their own quantity of water.  Follow the tips below to find out how much is right for you and how to get it all in.

Recap: take notes  

1) Literally, take notes.  Whether it’s on a piece of paper or with an app, journal how much water it takes to feel your best and turn “it” clear   Athletic/muscular body types as well as overweight bodies will naturally absorb more, thus ruling out the one size fits all concept.

2) Carry a water bottle everywhere.  This will help you subconciously drink water, refill and drink more.

3) If it’s necessary to drink soda (it’s really not necessary), coffee or tea, you must replace it with H2O.  Caffeine is a diuretic, which in turn dehydrates the boyd.

4) It will feel like an adjustment, but trust in the process.  Your body will adapt to positive change and after a short while, it will feel completely natural to drink water througout the day. If you would like to SPEED UP the entire weight loss process, 
check out Workout Anywhere . This will allow you to get started FAST!

Cheers with water!


Coach Jessica
Coach Jessica

Jessica & Justin Rundle are Spokane natives and the founders of Workout Anywhere (a Northwest fitness training app for busy parents, by busy parents). In addition, the two are the official strength & conditioning coaches for Mt. Spokane High School. To Learn more about Jessica and Justin Rundle, click here: Meet Team RundleFit.

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