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11 6th, 2013 |
Not drinking enough water, believe it or not, is one of the main reasons why you can’t lose weight. Drinking water in fact gives you two benefits related to weight – it can help you avoid weight gain and on the other hand it also helps you in losing those unwanted pounds.
Our body has a fight or flight response and it is this survival mode that makes it want to store essential nutrients in our system – particularly water which is the reason why you can’t lose weight. If you don’t drink enough water then the tendency of your body is to store more water thus adding to extra pounds. If you want to lose the excess water that your body is storing for you which you don’t need then you have to convince your body that you have enough water supply by drinking lots of water. By lots of water it could mean up to a gallon of water a day! That’s right, you have to drink more water to get rid of water.
Drinking lots of water also helps people who can’t lose weight to lose the excess fat by flushing out the kidney thus making it work at it’s optimum level. With the kidney working like that it then is free to process metabolize the excess fat in your body.
Experts say that drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces is enough to make you lose 5 pounds of water weight easily and fast. That means if you are 140 pounds you have to drink 70 ounces of water a day.
Drinking water also suppresses your appetite. The brain can not distinguish if it’s hungry or thirsty so many people who can’t lose weight tend to eat first at the first sign of hunger pangs and then drink later. By reversing your habit and drinking first every time you feel like eating or before every meal you can send a message to your brain that you’re full thus helping avoid that unnecessary snack or overeating.
For people who still can’t lose weight, here’s a tip to get you started on that drinking habit. Fill up a gallon of water and drink from that throughout the day so you’ll know if you’ve reached your goal. If water is not your favorite then I suggest you add a lemon to give it some flavor or drink your water in the form of a diluted green tea flavor.