How to lose weight by drinking water..
Every cell of your body is constantly immersed in a watery fluid, and your
metabolic, digestive and waste processes couldn’t function without it. If it's
your beverage of choice, water can also help you lose weight.
In a 2010 clinical trial authored by Virginia Tech associate professor Brenda
Davy, Ph.D., overweight dieters who drank 16 oz. of water before a meal ate 75
to 90 fewer calories at that meal. Over the course of the 12-week trial, those
who drank water prior to breakfast, lunch and dinner, lost an average of 5 lbs.
more than the dieters who didn’t. Davy suggested that the water made the
dieters feel fuller, compelling them to eat less before becoming satiated.
Throughout the years, many have suggested that drinking water before eating
can help you consume less, but Davy’s randomized, controlled clinical trial was
the first to demonstrate it.
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Consuming a diet rich in produce and whole grains is one way to boost your
weight loss efforts. Not only do fruits and vegetables contain a high amount of
water, along with whole grains, they’re also a good source of dietary fiber. A
high-fiber diet can help you lose weight because most fibrous foods are less
energy dense, meaning a plate full of high-fiber foods contains fewer calories
than the same plate full of low- or no-fiber foods. For a high-fiber diet to work
well, you must drink enough water. Fiber absorbs water in your body, helping
you feel fuller longer and aiding in digestion and elimination.
Replacing high-calories beverages with water is a simple way to boost your
weight-loss efforts. One 12 oz. can of non-diet cola contains approximately 10
tsp. of sugar, or 160 calories. If you drink two or three cans of regular soda
each day, you’re consuming an additional 9,600 to 14,400 calories per month.
Eliminating those calories by replacing cola with water can result in an average
weight loss of three to four pounds per month, without any additional effort. The
same premise holds if your drink of choice is a flavored latte or other high-
calorie beverage, including juice. You can still get your vitamin C; just eat an
orange and opt for water when you're thirsty.
Proper hydration keeps all of your body’s systems, including your metabolism,
functioning correctly. While you may have heard that you should drink six to
eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day, your individual hydration needs depend on
the temperature outside, your age, gender, diet, health, level of activity and any
medications you're taking. In general, you’re hydrated if your urine is pale
yellow or clear. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water, as thirst is an
indication of dehydration. In addition, your body can’t always discern between
hunger and thirst, so if you’re hungry before you think you should be, try
drinking a glass of water instead of eating.
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Can You Drink Too Much Water?
In the past few years studies have shown that many of us don't drink enough
water for good health. Along with general healthy eating recommendations,
most health promoters have urged us all to drink more water, particularly
whilst exercising. The message has been strong - avoid dehydration.
However, there is a different story emerging, especially amongst people who
exercise. According to researchers almost as many exercisers are putting
their health at risk by over-consuming water as drinking too little.
Drinking water at every opportunity can cause serious problems, such as
hyponatraemia or water intoxication. As the water content of the blood
increases, the salt content is diluted. Consequently the amount of salt available
to body tissues decreases, which can lead to problems with brain, heart and
Initial symptoms of over-hydration include dizziness, nausea, apathy and
confusion. However these symptoms are also associated with dehydration - so
it's important to be aware of how much you are drinking.
Is there cause for alarm? The British Dietetic Association guidelines state that
an average adult should consume 2.5 litres of water per day. This intake needs
to be increased during periods of hot weather or during and after periods of
You can get your daily water requirements from sources other than pure water
- your cup of tea counts! Water is the main ingredient of all drinks – carbonated
drinks and still drinks, fruit juices and fruit and vegetables all have a high water
A clear message of Do It, but Don’t Overdo It!!
Drinking Water can DECREASE BODY
Water and the Body
Water is a key ingredient in your blood, muscles and sweat, and it plays a role
in every system in your body. Water makes up about 60 percent of your body,
according to the Mayo Clinic. If you are dehydrated, your body will retain the
water it does have, making you feel bloated and also making you weigh more.
Water also helps flush out your system, aiding in the removal of toxins and
unused food waste.
Water and Fat
People who drink plenty of water tend to have lower body fat percentages, as
water helps maintain lean muscle mass. Fat contains 20 percent water, and
muscle tissue is made up of 75 percent water, according to Michigan.gov. If
you do not get enough water, your muscles will suffer and not function as well.
Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, which helps keep your body
fat percentage low by burning excess calories. Obese people and people with
more body fat have lower amounts of water in their bodies, according to
Michigan.gov. Women and seniors have percentages of water lower than that
of men, for instance, because women and seniors tend to have more fat tissue
and less muscle mass.
Water and Weight Loss
Drinking water promotes weight loss by helping you feel full before eating so
you are less likely to overeat. According to a study conducted at Virginia Tech,
people who drank two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals consumed 75 to
90 fewer calories per meal, and dieters who drank water before meals lost
about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.
According to a German study reported in "Pediatrics," children who were
educated on the importance of drinking water and given access to drinking
fountains at school were 31 percent less likely to be overweight than children
who did not receive the water education or drinking fountain access.
There is no perfect formula to determine exactly how much water to drink
every day, but keeping some general guidelines in mind can help you find the
right amount. Drink at least one glass of water before eating to help you lose
body fat. Doctors usually recommend drinking eight or nine 8-ounce cups of
water a day, the Mayo Clinic advises. The Institute of Medicine suggests that
men consume about 3 liters -- or 13 cups -- of total fluids a day and that women
consume 2.2 liters -- about 9 cups -- of total beverages a day. Adjust the
recommended amount as needed for your environment and health. If you are
exposed to extreme heat or extreme cold, for instance, you will need more
water to maintain your body's temperature.
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WATER CAN GIVE YOU THAT FLAT STOMACH!!
Need to flatten your stomach in a hurry? Do what the swimsuit and lingerie
models swear by. Drink water. They know drinking a lot of water is the best
thing for a flatter tummy. And it works, but you have to drink 8-10 glasses over a
16-hour period, it has to be water, (not coffee, not tea, not juice, not soda). Just
Those of us who drink water, drink it like we mean it, like it has something we
need that will do us good and we mean to have it! People who don’t get enough
water often will drink anything BUT a glass of water. Well, all things are not equal
in this case. When you get up in the morning, drain a tall glass of water, first
thing. Before you go to bed, drain a tall glass of water. During the day drain a tall
glass of water every couple of hours and watch your belly get flatter like magic.
Yes, you’ll pee a lot, but that’s a good thing. We need water to excrete ‘waste’
and who wants their body to store ‘waste’ for want of enough water to expel it?
And, if you’re prone to constipation, saturating your insides with water might be
the answer to your problem.
Don’t go over 8-10 glasses a day until you know yourself better. You might mess
with your electrolyte balance which can give you palpitations (among other
things). Easy, free, natural, necessary and the rewards accrue immediately.
Water fasting is a complete contradiction to the high-octane rush of the
North American lifestyle. Think of water fasting as a stripping down time, a period of
profound inner reflection.
Due to a high metabolism, I find fasting on water difficult. Water fasting for me is
crawling under the covers in warm flannel pajamas, entering deep into that inner
place of prayer with a bible beside my bed. The outside world becomes obscure and
far away. Everything moves in slow motion, yesterday's priorities, become strange
and unimportant. Values systems make quantum shifts, what was impossibly
urgent becomes frivolous. It's a deep dreamy state, an altered consciousness.
Water Fasting With a Slow Metabolism
Not everyone finds water fasting so. Those who have slower metabolisms find
fasting on water a breeze. They walk for miles, exercise and generally feel
energetic. But no matter what kind of metabolism you have, water fasting is a
profound experience. Mystics down through the ages have discussed its spiritual
qualities. Jesus fasted 40 day in the desert on water preparing for the confrontation
with His arch-enemy Satan. We, like Jesus, need to be prepared for battle. Water
fasting is a preparation to face the world with all its entrapments with a brand new
perspective. It becomes a point of comparison, for in the state of water fasting,
everything is stripped to its bare essentials and the things that really matter come
to the forefront, like love, our connection with God, our goals and worthy dreams,
what we are becoming and who we have become. Material possessions reduce in
value when fasting. Relationship with God, and who we are in Christ, becomes the
nourishment to a groaning body.
Our position with God is unchangeable, forgiven, perfect and pure, because of the
work of Christ on the cross. It is our posture that must change. Surrounded with all
our false props, we often become a proud independent people, where God becomes
an appendage to our lifestyle, until trials hit, demanding us to go deeper. Fasting is a
posture of humility, falling prostrate before God in silence. It is a time to remember
just how dependent we are on Him. We are weak frail flesh and during water fasting
you will taste your frailness. Think of water fasting as a Humility Maintenance
Program. Don't be alarmed by the word humility, many of the most powerful people
in history were the people of great humility. Moses was considered the meekest
man on all the earth but also one of the greatest leaders we have ever seen. Pride
and independence are weakness, a cover-up for spiritual famine within. Fasting
strips away cover-ups and shows us our deep need for humility.
Water fasting and Detoxification
I have been on a thirty-day juice fast where I accomplished more, worked harder
and experienced a greater sustaining energy than I did in a non-fasting state. When
day 20 hit, it was like fireworks. My co-workers couldn't keep up with my zipping
and zinging here and there, joyously whistling as I worked, every cell energized with
fresh juices. I did have some detoxification dips, but they were not immobilizing and
after an enema and an extra ration of carrot juice, I was fine. Not so with water
fasting. For me water is one big long detoxification, the deep detox. The body is fully
focused on burning up and clearing toxins. Blood is saturated with carcinogens,
mucus, trans-fatty acids and other byproducts of the North American diet. I
recommend juice fasting for those who have never fasted, unless you have a calling
by God to water. And this is an important point, God leads people to water fasting
even in the 21 century, and he will sustain you during a called fast. But you can also
call yourself to a fast as a result of being sick and tired of your spiritual apathy.
Preparation for Water Fasting
Water fasting demands mental preparation. If you are fasting for the weekend, clear
the calendar, the fast will be an event enough. The less pressure and responsibility
you have during a water fast the better. Think of it a holiday away from the normal
patterns of living. I also recommend the week before your fast, drink fresh juices
and eat mostly raw fruits and vegetables to cleanse the body so that the
detoxification during water fasting will be less aggressive.
Water fasting cleanses the body aggressively removing toxins rapidly and can be
more beneficial than juice fasting in combating more persistent forms of cancer,
cleansing the tissues more aggressively.
Water Fasting for Weight Loss
If you have a slow metabolism and are juice fasting, a few days on water will
intensify the fast and assist with weight-loss. Dropping into water is something you
can do during a day of little or no activity.
1. Avoid water straight from the faucet. Distilled water is the best for cleansing
because of its inherent, magnetic properties and ability to absorb and suspend
large quantities of toxins, flushing them from the body. The value of mineral water is
misleading because the inorganic minerals are like huge boulders to the cellular
membranes, making them impossible to assimilate. Plants are able to break down
the minerals from the soils, allowing them to be completely absorbable to the cells
of the body. The best water is distilled, secondly, spring or filtered. A Brita type
filtration system is inexpensive and effective, but change the filter regularly.
2. There are no calories or nutritional value in water. On a water fast you have given
your body no options but to turn to its internal stored energy for fuel. This can create
a problem when you have spent years eating dirty fuel. Living exclusively on stored
dirty fuel during a fast requires tremendous courage, strength and prayer. To ease
into water fasting, we recommend juice fasting with periods of water fasting. For
example 3 days on juice, 2 days on water, 5 days on juice, then 3 days on water. You
can juice when you have to work and water fast on the weekend when you can rest.
This is my preferred method of water fasting.
Water Fasting Concerns
It is not advisable to water fast under the conditions of hyperglycemia,
hypoglycemia, schizophrenia or a chronic heart condition—but God rules over
hyperglycemia, diabetes, schizophrenia and chronic heart conditions.
Dizziness: Be careful of dizziness and black outs. The heart is resting as much as it
can during water fasting. Before you stand up, take one or two deep breaths to get
the heart pumping. If you start to back out, sit down or crouch down on one knee.
This will immediately stop the dizziness.
"Avoid water straight from the faucet. Distilled water is the best for cleansing
because of its inherent, magnetic properties and ability to absorb and suspend
large quantities of toxins, flushing them from the body."
By: Ron Lagerquist
Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of
Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of
these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva,
transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
"Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys
and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves," says
Guest, who is also an adjunct professor of medicine at Stanford University.
When you're low on fluids, the brain triggers the body's thirst mechanism. And unless
you are taking medications that make you thirsty, Guest says, you should listen to
those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee -- anything but alcohol.
"Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess
excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration," he says.
Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have
been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn't have any
magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can
"What works with weight loss is if you choose water or a non-caloric beverage over
a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier,
more filling, and help you trim calorie intake," says Penn State researcher Barbara
Rolls, PhD, author of The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan
Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more
chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full.
Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.
Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don't maintain their
balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. "When
muscle cells don't have adequate fluids, they don't work as well and performance
can suffer," says Guest.
Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. Follow the American College of
Sports Medicine guidelines for fluid intake before and during physical activity. These
guidelines recommend that people drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours
before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids
early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating.
Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin
contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid
loss. But don't expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines, says Atlanta
dermatologist Kenneth Ellner, MD.
"Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved
with proper hydration," he says. "But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys
take over and excrete excess fluids."
You can also help "lock" moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates
a physical barrier to keep moisture in.
Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste
products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a
water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the
urine, explains Guest. "Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your
body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate," he says.
When you're getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor.
When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor
increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.
If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones,
especially in warm climates, Guest warns.
6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things
flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don't
get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration -- and the
result is constipation.
"Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the
fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly," says Kolemay.
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