Water regulates all functions of the body. So doesn’t it make sense that it would have its effects on how our body manages its fat metabolism? Absolutely.
Drinking enough water, along with eating enough vegetables, which are by the way, 80 – 96% water, is amongst the most important nutritional additions that you can make to your weight loss efforts.
Adequate water intake can have the powerful effect of reducing your appetite, increasing your digestive power, stabilizing your moods, helping you to deal with stress better, and increasing your energy. All of these results are contributing factors for weight loss.
It may seems like a lot of power to give to the humble fluid, but consider the research done by Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of Our Body’s Many Cries For Water, who has studied the effects of the lack of water on our body and its disease states for over 30 years. Weight loss, diabetes, arthritis, chronic pain, stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, asthma and allergies, insomnia and even AIDS are amongst the concerns that he lists as reflections of dehydration.
How much should you drink?
The general rule is drink half your weight in pounds. So if you weigh 200 lb. drink, 100 oz of water each day.
Your weight (lbs.) ______ X 0.5 = ______ (number of oz. you should drink)
Another sure way to know if you are getting enough water is to observe your urine. It should be clear or almost clear of colour. Colour indicates dehydration. First morning pee is usually dark in colour because of the lack of water available throughout the night.
So guess what you should do first thing in the morning before you consume anything else, including coffee?
You got it… drink a big glass of 10 or 12 oz of water.