There is no magical formula in the efforts to lose weight, but there are some things we can consume to speed up the process. One of the best ways to lose weight, as we all know, is exercise though not often looked on as the favored approach by many of us who are overweight. Luckily, there exists an alternative, which is inexpensive, simple and effective. So what is this ground-breaking phenomenon? The answer is water. You’ve probably heard many times, typically from parents, that you should be drinking plenty of water since it is good for you. Sadly, we never understand why water is good for you, or the reasons as to why we should be consuming plenty of water.
This natural mineral holds contains great benefits, which help towards weight loss, and an overall more healthy body. But how does water contribute towards weight loss success? Let’s look at the evidence.
Firstly, we need to understand the term metabolism. Metabolism is essentially the way in which a substance is handled in the body. One of the most popular forms of metabolism in the body is the metabolism of fat which is controlled by the liver as it converts fat stores into energy. The liver also ensures that the kidneys are given an adequate quantity of water, since the kidneys require a large consumption. If the kidneys are dispossessed of water, the liver takes on the duties of the kidneys as well as its own tasks. Consequently, the task of converting fat into energy is given less time allocation meaning that stores of fat are increasing and being stored needlessly.
The most difficult factor in adding more water into a diet is dedication. Many find it difficult to maintain a higher consumption of water over a prolonged period of time, especially when they fail to note any prominent improvements. The increased frequency of toilet breaks also deters many and ultimately many decide that it is just not worth the effort.
Before you give up, I encourage you to read on. There is a gradual process taking place as you continue to take in more water over an extended period of time, whereby the body is removing water it has been storing needlessly. This process, like many others, takes patience — but ultimately the process is quite amazing. As the body realizes that you are consuming more water and that it is receiving significant amounts, it removes these temporary water stores which are typically stored on the ankles, around the hips, thighs and on the stomach. Since the body is now relying on the water you provide to it, these temporary storages are no longer required, and allow us to return to the normal way of life, named the break-though point.
A tip at this point is to avoid vast quantities of caffeine, since caffeine is water’s enemy which forces water out of your system. Water not only allows you to achieve weight loss but flushes unwanted impurities from the skin, resulting in a better complexion. Hydrated skin also prevents sagging, resulting in younger, healthier looking skin. Water also improves muscle tone, since hydrated muscle contract easier, meaning a more effective workout.
So how much water should you be consuming? The recommended amount of eight glasses, equates to two quarts of water which suits the average person. For those who are overweight, a further eight ounces for every 25 pounds of excess weight is commended. Also, for those of us lucky enough to reside in hotter climates, or those of us who exercise on a regular basis, the quantity should also be increased.
The water you are now consuming should be taken at evenly spaced intervals, not all at the same time which can prove unhealthy. You should be aiming to drink a full glass three or four times per day and the remainder can be made up by sipping throughout the day, between larger intakes. The main principle is simple. When you become thirsty, drink water — avoid being dehydrated at all costs.
There are different ideas on what the temperature of the water to be drunk should be. The majority of experts believe that the water should be cold, since this allows the stomach to absorb it more rapidly. Cold water has also been linked, though not clarified, with fat burning. Generally, whatever you prefer is ideal, so long as it is in fact being consumed.
As you drink water more regularly, you will notice a quick decrease in appetite, and if you feel you’re making no headway in your weight loss diet program, water might be that crucial missing ingredient.