For those that missed it the first time I wrote it, Here is a blog that I wrote about the importance of drinking water.
How Water Can Affect Fat-Loss
Water helps to naturally suppress appetite. Stored fat is metabolized with water. Many studies have proven that low water intake results in greater fat storage, while a high intake reduces fat storage.
Why does this occur? Water is essential for proper kidney function. If the kidneys are not getting enough water, the body then releases the stored water that is in the tissues of the body to help out. When this occurs the liver is activated to take on some of the kidneys’ workload. The liver’s function is to convert stored fat into energy. When the liver is used to help out the kidneys because of low water levels it stops doing its primary job of converting fat into energy to help out. What this means is the that the liver cannot work optimally to metabolize stored fat to be used as energy, so the fat remains in the storage depots.
In order to release fat from the storage depots (cells) it is important to drink enough throughout the day. Water helps regulate the body’s hydration levels. The kidneys will be satisfied and the liver will then be able to go back to its job of converting stored fat to energy. Diuretics, caffeine, and alcohol offer temporary relief in water retention. However, the body will defend itself by regulating the water supply by holding onto every drop of water. In the long run diuretics, caffeine, and alcohol will cause dehydration, because more water is pulled out of the tissues to clear out the foreign compounds. If water levels drop too low, the kidneys won’t get enough and then the liver must react and the water deprivation cycle continues, resulting in no fat metabolism. This is why people who are chronic coffee or alcohol drinkers never seem to lose body fat.
Another problem associated with imbalanced water levels in the body has to do with the sodium content in your body. Excessive consumption of salt will retain water in the cells and tissues. This condition can be dangerous to the functioning of the vital systems of the body. Again, if water is inhibited and the kidneys aren’t getting enough the deprivation cycle occurs.
It is important to consume enough water each day. The appropriate amount of water for people is 8- 8oz. glasses a day. If the person is obese, then they need to add 1-8oz. to every additional 25 pounds fat. Water cleanses the body and keeps the tissues flushed. Water is essential with producing muscular contractions. Muscle tissue is mostly made up of water. So it is a good idea to activate as much muscle tissue as you can to be able to store more water.
Daryl Conant, M.Ed