Most People Don’t Drink Enough Water
If you’re in the habit of reading articles about losing weight (with the intent of applying the information – at some later date), you may have noticed how often you come across this advice: Drink more water. The unfortunate fact is that most people don’t drink enough water, and the more unfortunate fact is that not many realize the importance of water not just for losing weight but for our overall health.
Our Bodies Can’t Function Without Water
Why is water so important? Our bodies are made up of about 50–70% water, and virtually every cell and organ function in our entire anatomy and physiology depend on it. There’s no way the body can work without it, in the same way that a car cannot run without fuel. Water is needed to transport nutrients and oxygen through the blood to every cell in the body. Other vital functions of water are regulating body temperature and metabolism, and as a lubricant.
Losing just 2% of the body’s water supply can seriously degrade physical and mental functions (symptoms include fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty with simple math and in focusing on smaller print). Being 15% dehydrated is likely to be fatal. It can take weeks for vitamin deficiencies to make you sick, but severe dehydration can kill you in a matter of days or even hours.
We lose water through normal bodily functions, i.e. breathing, perspiration, excretion of urine and feces. And since our bodies cannot store water, we must ensure that we drink enough of it every day. For the body to function properly, its water supply must be continually replenished by consuming water, other beverages, and foods that contain water.
We Need to Drink 8 Glasses of Water A Day
How much water do you need to drink? To play it safe, most adults should drink up to eight 8-oz. glasses of water every day. You’ll need to drink more if you’re exercising or performing some strenuous physical activity. For weight loss purposes, drink an extra glass of water for every 25 lbs. of excess weight. It’s also important not to go without water for too long. For example, you drink several glasses of water for 5 hours, and then go without for another 5. That simply won’t work; you have to keep yourself hydrated at all times.
Drink Water Between Meals to Fill You Up
But how does water help you lose weight? If you drink a glass of water before a meal, it will fill you up – without adding any calories – and you end up eating less. With plenty of water in your system, your body will work better and burn calories more efficiently. And think about this: two 12-oz. bottles of soda pop contain about 15 tsp. of sugar. Replacing high-calorie beverages with plain water can significantly reduce calories.