Permanent Weight Loss – 7 Little Known Secrets – Part 2 – Hydration

Part 2 – Plan for Proper Hydration

Feeling thirsty?  That means your body is already dehydrated. So how much water do you actually need?

As a rule of thumb, work out what 1 litre (around 30 fluid oz) of water per 25 kilo’s (55 pounds) of body weight is for you. Think of this as a base quantity, if you are doing strenuous exercise, particularly in a hot environment you will need more.

You can get water from the food you eat, especially if you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, remember that you’ll actually require additional water to aid your digestive system.

Can drinking water help you slim? It depends on how you look at it. Given that hunger pangs can really be thirst in disguise, if you properly hydrate your body’s trillions of cells you’ll be less tempted to snack. Also, drinking a glass of water before eating fills you up so you eat smaller meals.

If you become dehydrated your body goes into “protection” mode. When denied any vital nutrient your body cries out for help, although these signals are often misunderstood (like thirst disguised as hunger).  If you are dehydrated your body may slow down your metabolism in an effort to retain as much water as possible for survival. This slows down your fat burning which make it more difficult to lose weight.

So, the answer is to drink plenty of water (of course, pure filtered water is best). How do you do that?  Like I’ve said in other posts it’s not really too difficult.  Try these tips:-

  1. Drink 1 glass when you wake up.
  2. Drink 1 glass after you clean your teeth after breakfast
  3. Drink 1 glass mid morning
  4. Drink 1 glass before lunch
  5. Drink 1 glass with lunch
  6. Drink 1 glass mid afternoon
  7. Drink 1 glass when you get home from work
  8. Drink 1 glass before dinner
  9. Drink 1 glass with dinner
  10. Drink 1 glass after you clean your teeth in the evening
  11. I also leave a glass of filtered water in my bathroom overnight, so I can drink it if I get up during the night.

If you find water boring, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.

Be kind to our planet – use a water filter and fill your own bottles (preferable glass) instead of buying water in plastic bottles.


Lose Weight With Water

The human body is mostly water trapped inside the fragile walls of cells.

We drink water to maintain the optimum level of hydration in our bodies, to flush the toxins out and cleanse the body, to cool off, to keep our joints lubricated and to assist in the food digestion process. Although they don’t realize it, most people are suffering from chronic dehydration.

The minimum daily recommended water intake is 2 liters, because this is how much water the body uses throughout the day through perspiration, respiration, urination and other bodily functions. Without replenishing lost water, the body goes into dehydration mode and all functions start to suffer. Water is essential to life and proper bodily function.

Your the metabolism is dependent on water to work properly. Without enough water, the process of breaking food down and converting it to energy slows down dramatically, which means that too few calories are burnt and little weight is lost. Not drinking enough water can be compared to “running on fumes” and if you’re dieting and you seem to have hit the plateau, then you are probably not drinking enough water. When the metabolism slows down, weight loss slows down even more dramatically, especially since exercising becomes less effective as the body’s energy levels diminish.

Water also plays an important part in the process of digestion and elimination of toxins. Not drinking enough water is a one-way ticket to constipation and a host of other problems of the intestines. Poor digestion means that you will not get enough energy from the food you’re eating. This will prompt the body to ask for more food and this is how the weight loss process stops and the weight gain process begins. A dehydrated body sends out fake hunger pangs, thus tempting you to forget about the diet and eat more food than you should.  Thirst is often mistaken for hunger.

Not to mention that water is also a good filler. If you want to eat less food, drink a tall glass of water half an hour before every meal. The water will fill a large part of your stomach and the body will be content to feel that the stomach is not empty. This is not idle speculation, but a sound advice whose effectiveness can be confirmed by many dietitians and weight loss experts. Nobody can overeat with half of the stomach filled with water, your brain will signal to you: “Seems like we’re almost full. We don’t need that much food, so cut it short this evening”.

Keep in mind that in order to reap the benefits of drinking enough water, you will want to spread the intake throughout the day. Don’t drink 2 liters of water all at once because the body will simply flush the excess and a lot of it will simply be wasted. Also, you don’t need to restrict yourself to water. Fruit juices, tea and coffee count as liquids that can be used by the body for hydration, although fruit juice has lots of sugar and calories so it’s probably best not to overdo it. Alcohol is out of the question, because alcohol has the opposite effect on the body. Don’t be afraid that drinking a lot of water will make you retain fluid. It’s dehydration, not abundance, which forces the body to hang on to what it has.

If you find water a bit boring, add a squeeze of lemon juice to each glass – it helps cleanse your system.

Of course it’s preferable to drink filtered, purified water using a system like the Hexagon water filter.