Water for Weight Lossby: CindyMartinez - May 2nd, 2011
How many glasses of water (H2O) do you drink per day? by Cindy Martinez
The average adult's body is comprised of up to 75% water. Water IS essential for survival. Without it, we cannot survive for more than a few days.
That is all common knowledge, but did you know that studies have shown that drinking water may aid in weight loss. According to researchers in Germany, "water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories". In addition, "The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds."
This is appealing information for a culture that appears obsessed with over consuming, yet keeping slim. Eat what you want, increase your water and still lose weight!!
Too good to be true?? Unfortunately, other studies have shown that water does not have any effect on weight loss. Barbara Rolls, PhD, an expert on thirst and satiety disagrees and makes the point that thirst and hunger are regulated by entirely different mechanisms.
As a result, just drinking plenty of water will not increase weight loss.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Regardless of these contradictory studies, there are facts about water consumption we can rely on to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
1. Replacing sugary drinks and soda with water WILL lead to weight loss.
2. Drinking plenty of water WITH your meal CAN give the impression of fullness, which MAY decrease the amount of food you consume.
3. Water AIDS in digestion and absorption of food.
4. Water can PREVENT Dehydration. (Dehydration leads to many common ailments(i.e. Headache))
5. Water forms the base for saliva.
6. Water forms the fluids that surround the joints.
7. Water regulates the body temperature
8. Water can help alleviate constipation by moving food through the intestinal tract and thereby eliminating waste.
9. Water Regulates metabolism
Those facts are enough to convince us all that it is important to drink sufficient water on a daily basis and increase this amount when necessary (because of extra bodily exertion or exposure to hot temperature)
So in the morning when you wake, have a fresh cool glass of H20.
References: http:www.WebMD.com, http://www.freedrinkingwater.com
**Keep in Mind - There is a limit with everything. Drinking an excessive amount of water can be life threatening.
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