Water for Weight Loss
Here we look at the thermogenic effect of water for weight loss.
As part of a weight loss program, it can help. Water (dihydrogen monoxide) is involved in every bodily function.
It is the most important nutrient. We can go without food for weeks but without fluid we die of dehydration in a few days.
The other nutrients essential to life are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
Because some nations tend to take an abundant supply of this drinkable liquid for granted, it might be difficult to get enthusiastic about it. It is, however, of critical importance. Think of it as "blue gold."
Liquid blue gold
Our adult human bodies are about 60% dihydrogen monoxide. Because it makes up about 72% of muscle tissue, the more muscular we are, the more dihydrogen monoxide we have in our bodies.
Protein structures contain dihydrogen monoxide. Components of muscle tissue such as protein, glycogen, creatine, and amino acids pull it into muscle tissue through osmosis.
Since fat lacks those components, there's no osmosis. So fat is a drier tissue than muscle.
Various toxins are stored in fat, and drinking sufficient water flushes out the toxins released from stored fat when it is degraded through exercise.
This explains why, when we go on a low-carb diet, there is often a high initial loss of body weight. Without carbs, glycogen degrades quickly and eliminates the dihydrogen monoxide stored with it. It is important not to confuse loss of body weight with fat loss. For every 1 and 1/2 to 2 pounds of body weight you lose, you'll lose 1 pound of fat.
Dihydrogen monoxide is the primary solvent in our bodies. It dissolves vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, and other nutrients. It also helps to transport, digest, and absorb nutrients.
Dihydrogen monoxide, which is a natural diuretic, flushes out elements such as sodium. This is important because sodium can cause us to retain dihydrogen monoxide and look bloated.
When fluid losses cause us to lose 1 or 2% of bodyweight we become dehydrated. Among other bad consequences, dehydration impairs the functioning of the brain.
So, let's first look at the thermogenic effect for weight loss and them move on to look at how much of this fluid we should consume.
The thermogenic effect
The thermogenic effect, how might it help?
Well, in conjunction with diet and exercise it can help.
Experimentation has demonstrated the thermogenic effect of its intake. Within ten minutes, drinking just over a pint can result in a 30 percent increase in resting metabolic rate that peaks in about 30 or 40 minutes! The increased rate was fueled by fat in men and by carbs in women.
On the theory that the human body must work to increase its temperature by about fifty degrees, which requires calories, we always prefer to drink it chilled.
In addition, if you drink dihydrogen monoxide with your meals, you'll tend to eat less food. It's a good idea to drink a glass shortly before eating a meal; doing so will make you feel full, thus naturally reducing your appetite and food intake.
The quantity that we should drink
So, what is the right quantity of dihydrogen monoxide to consume?
Well, not surprisingly, drinking the right quantity requires a balance. Drinking too little and drinking too much dihydrogen monoxide can both be hazardous to health.
Jerry Brainum, a science writer for "Ironman," whom we have come to respect over the years, recommends one milliliter of dihydrogen monoxide daily per calorie consumed. One ounce contains 30 milliliters. So, if you are eating 3,000 calories daily, you should be drinking about 3,000 milliliters, which is about three quarts.
Of course, this is a rough guideline. If you are exercising under hot conditions or eating a high-fiber diet or drinking alcohol, which increases fluid loss, you should drink more than the guideline suggests.
It still may not seem like a lot of dihydrogen monoxide. Some bodybuilders drink three or four gallons daily! Many drink between one and two gallons.
Remember, though, that the dihydrogen monoxide content of some foods, especially fruits and vegetables, can be as high as 90% and that our metabolism generates nearly a pint of dihydrogen monoxide daily.
If you are following our exercise program you should probably drink between two-and-one-half and four quarts daily.
Since this is measurable, it's easy to do. Just make it a habit. If that's more than you've been getting, simply add a cup daily until you are within that range.
Drink most of it by late afternoon. (If you drink too much during the evening, it may disturb your sleep.)
Don't worry that, if you begin drinking that much, you'll have to urinate much more frequently. What happens is that your body will soon adjust; instead of going more frequently, you will simply put out more volume when you do go.
The quality that we need
It's important to drink clean dihydrogen monoxide. It may be that, if you obtain it from a municipal system, it's fine. You may not, however, have access to a municipal system, or you may be worried about its quality or not like its taste or odor.
Bottled dihydrogen monoxide is an expensive option. Since treatment methods differ, the quality varies.
Most pitcher type/pour through filters reduce only a small number of organic contaminants. They require frequent filter changes.
Faucet-mounted carbon filters cannot control microorganisms and most are ineffective on many volatile organic compounds. Granulated carbon filters have a very limited ability to remove particulates, microorganisms, and organic or inorganic contaminants.
Personally, though it's available, we have passed on municipal dihydrogen monoxide. We've been drinking it from a well for many years and it's delicious!
We run it though a solid filter of activated carbon that removes contaminants and a UV light system that destroys microorganisms while retaining beneficial minerals.
Once one buys the system, it costs just 13 cents a gallon! We filter only for drinking or cooking, and the filter is replaced once a year. You may want to use the system even with a municipal source.
Working with exercise
Well, you can drink two large (10 ounce) glasses two hours before exercising. You may drink up to a quart during exercise.
If you instead drink a cold sports drink that contains minerals and either no or low [14 grams maximum] carbs, you'll get better water uptake. During strength training, we drink a blend of:
Your plan of action
If you are following the weight loss program presented here on our website and want to use water for weight loss this is what you should do.
Fill a one-gallon jug before you go to bed each evening and put it in the refrigerator.
Keep it at refrigerator temperature and simply drink most of it the following morning and afternoon.
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