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You Need Water Weight to Lose Weight

By Mark Dilworth
 
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Water weight is not bad. A large part of your body is comprised of water. Water retention, because of dehydration, is what you need to avoid.

Here is an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic: “Water is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.”

It's hard to build muscle and burn fat if you are dehydrated. Your muscles are made up of about 75 percent water. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research reported that test subjects lost 5.6 percent of the strength on their one-repetition maximums while performing the bench press exercise. Your muscles work at full capacity and grow better if you remain hydrated.

So, don’t blame water for your weight gain. When you drink enough water, the following happens:

1. Your liver is able to do its job. Your kidneys won’t function properly if you don’t drink enough water. That means your liver is burdened with some of your kidneys’ jobs. One of your liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into energy for your body. If your liver is metabolizing less fat, more fat is being stored in your body.

2. Your body’s cells will retain less water if you drink enough water. The Colon Therapists Network stated, “….an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits...But when your body is given less water than it needs... it perceives the shortage as a threat to survival and will begin to retain every drop. Water reserves are stored in extra-cellular spaces (outside the cells). This water can show up as swollen feet, hands and legs."

3. Drinking water before you eat will suppress your appetite. Just drink an eight ounce glass of water before your meal. Drinking water will also help you to not drink sugary drinks loaded with calories.

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Anonymous

Water is the most essential element for human body and it acts as a weight loss medicine. medically it was proved that drinking 8 glass of water per day leads to effective weight loss, therefore we can't blame water for weight gain.

Experts are also preferred drinking water is the best way to reduce unwanted weight gain.
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November 1, 2012 - 11:46pm
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September 6, 2012 - 6:45am
Mark Dilworth

I don't have a problem with the cold water theory. I just don't think it significantly affects fat burning. The major problem is that many people don't drink enough water every day, cold or otherwise.

April 27, 2011 - 1:47pm
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Anonymous

This is debatable. Most experts lean toward cold water, because the stomach absorbs it more quickly. There is also some evidence that cold water might enhance fat burning.
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