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Water and Weight Loss

Water is a natural appetite suppressant. When your stomach is full of water, you'll find yourself feeling full sooner.

Drinking plenty of water also helps your body metabolize fat. When you're dehydrated, your liver must step in to help the kidneys function. That means your liver becomes less efficient in doing its own job of metabolizing fat and cholesterol.

"But I'm not thirsty..."
Ever notice that, when you drink more water, you find yourself thirsty, but when you live on caffeinated soda, you're not thirsty at all?

The truth is, thirst is not a good indicator of water deprivation. A lack of thirst may actually signal dehydration. "Dry mouth" thirst is a sign of extreme dehydration. When your body is deprived of water, it adjusts by disabling the body's thirst sensor. Once you start hydrating yourself, thirst kicks in again.

How much is enough?
Each day, your body replaces 2 ½ quarts of water. In fact, experts say we lose 1 to 2 pints of water each day just in the process of exhaling.

A good rule of thumb: drink one half-ounce of water for each pound of body weight per day. If you are physically active, bump it up to two-thirds of an ounce of water for each pound.

When you exercise, experts recommend drinking 16 ounces of water before, 4 to 8 ounces (every 20 minutes) during, and 24 ounces following your workout.

You'll also have to make up for the water lost through popular dehydrators, such as caffeine and alcohol. Drink an additional 8-ounces of water for each cup of coffee, caffeinated soda, or serving of alcohol you enjoy.

When your urine runs clear, you're probably getting enough water, and when you first begin to rehydrate, you might feel like you're spending all your time in the bathroom. Just wait it out. Within a few weeks, your body will adjust and you will urinate less frequently.

Some tips to get down
EIGHT 8-ounce glasses:

 · Carry a water bottle everywhere you go. I have a 32-ounce plastic container with a built-in straw. When I have it with me, I drink a lot more water. Some days, I have to fill it three or four times.  

· Liven up ordinary water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice. Sometimes, I add a splash of fruit juice to the water. Try to go easy on the juice, though. Most juices are high in sugar, which adds calories and stimulates the pancreas.  

· Purchase an inexpensive water filter, such as the Brita water filter. For about $30, you can enjoy great tasting water all the time. Plus, when you have cold, refreshing water ready in the fridge, you'll be more likely to pour yourself a glass.

Increasing your water intake can also have dramatic effects on your skin.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 5, 2010
    • Thx for the info! I do drink about half my body weight in water but I am not drinking it as recommended before workouts. I am going to have to add a bit more!!!



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      Trudy S wrote Jul 5, 2010
    • Thanks for the reminder - its about to get hot here (I hope) and it will be even more important to drink enough water.  

      I personally also have 1 liter of water a day with my Isagenix [Link Removed] electrolyte replacer in it.  It is high in vitamin B and really helps get my body in balance and use the water to keep me hydrated.  Water is great but sometimes I need a little more - esp. in hot weather or working in an air conditioned environment - it just seems to suck the moisture right out of me!


      Isagenixbeliever, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Kerri1985 wrote Jul 6, 2010
    • Wonderful info again just loving it... I do drink lots of water a day...this lets me know I do something right :)



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