The First Step In Weight Loss Is Drinking Plenty Of Water

When most people think about weight loss, they think about things like what kinds of food to eat, and how much exercise to do. But right there at the top of the list is drinking more water every day. The majority of people don't drink as much water as they should, and those that are carrying around excess weight are the first that can benefit. It's no surprise then that many people not getting the recommended amount of water everyday are also those that need to lose weight. By just drinking more water, you can rid your body of excess pounds, and feel much healthier.

"Drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner while also cutting back on portions may help you lose weight and keep it off for at least a year." - CNN.com

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Liver and Kidney Function

The liver has the important job of turning fat into energy, and helping out the kidneys if they can't function as they should. In order for your kidneys to operate properly, they need lots and lots of water, and without it, they rely on the liver to help do some of the work. When the liver is busy helping out your kidneys, it isn't able to turn fat into energy, and just stores it in your body.

Detoxing

When you go from drinking beverages that are full of caffeine and sugar to just drinking water, your body isn't use to it, and it might seem like you are running to the bathroom every few minutes. While this can get annoying, the benefits are so great you should stick to the new change. In the beginning of your switch, your body is doing all it can to rid your body of excess toxins, and built up garbage, but after a while, you will see results like more hydrated skin.

You may start to notice that your weight is declining, and this would make sense because when you were not consuming enough water before, your body was storing what it could around your hips, thighs, and belly. Once you get the hydration you need, your body is able to let go of that storage. It takes some time for your body to adjust to the new constant supply of water, but once it does, it will stop storing excess water all together.

Caffeine

WebMD offers this advice,

"Caffeine can raise blood pressure, but might not have this effect in people who use it all the time. Caffeine can also act like a "water pill" that increases urine flow." - WebMD

People rely on caffeine laden beverages every day to help them feel like they have more energy, and it's one of those things that can be found in most every drink. But most people don't understand that the reason they feel so exhausted is because they are not taking in enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day.

You may be inclined to drink something with caffeine to give you a little boost, but it will actually do more harm than good. Caffeine is a diuretic and has a tendency to dehydrate you even more, and make your kidneys work harder. This is the reason you are always running to the bathroom after drinking a lot of coffee. And remember, when the kidneys work harder, the liver can't do its job of turning fat into energy, so you are back to storing it in your body.

Giving Your Body What It Needs

Sometimes when you feel hungry, it is actually your body telling you that it needs more water. It may be craving water to help break down the food already in your body, so the next time you feel tired and want to grab that high calorie snack to give you a boost, try a large glass of water instead.

When your body doesn't get the water it needs, it has trouble absorbing food and flushing out waste like it should. This means that even if you follow a healthy diet, the lack of water in your body will cause you to not be able to reap all the benefits. A lack of water can also cause things like high cholesterol, and a bad skin complexion.

Peak Performance

When you drink enough water, your body is able to work so much better and more efficiently. Your metabolic rate increases along with your energy rate, and that equates to burning more calories. Mathew Meadley at connectedcongress.org says,

"A recent study showed that dehydrated people did fewer reps and felt tired faster when they were exercising, which can mean hundreds of fewer calories burned. Also, making a habit of drinking water with lemon throughout the day helps many people feel less bloated – hello, flat abs!"

Experts generally recommend that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, but this all depends on where you live, and how active your lifestyle is. The best way to get started is to have 2 glasses as soon as you wake up in the morning. Make it part of your daily routine since your organs have been working so hard all night while you were sleeping and have used up water that now needs to be replaced.

Drink water throughout the day, and try to avoid sodas and fruit juices that contain too much sugar and caffeine. If you aren't particularly fond of the taste of water, add a slice of lemon or lime to your glass. Drink coffee in moderation, and drink plenty of water to counteract the effects of it.

In some rare cases it is possible to drink too much water, and this can cause harm, so listen to what your body is telling you. If you have any concerns, talk with your doctor or health care professional about the best way to lose weight with water. When you are better hydrated, you will start to feel better, look better, have more energy, and finally drop those unwanted pounds.

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