Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in weight management. Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true "Magic Potion" for permanent weight loss.
Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. In also helps to prevent sagging of the skin that usually follows weight loss (shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient). In addition it helps the body rid itself of waste products. During a weight-loss process, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of and it can help relieve constipation by flooding the intestine and re-hydrating this system's function.
For the average person that is not real active nor trying to loose weight, I recommend consuming at least eight-to-ten 8oz glasses a day is doing well. For a person trying to loose weight, I recommend adding one additional 8oz glass for every 20-25lbs of excessive weight. If you are a very active, about 10-15 glasses a day would be even better. Because it is absorbed more rapidly than warm water, the temperature of the water should be cooler.
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease of water intake may actually cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water may reduce the fat deposits.
The kidneys can’t function properly without sufficient amounts of water. When they don’t work to full capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, then it can’t operate at full throttle. As a result, the liver metabolizes less fat, and then more fat will remain in the body and weight loss retards.
When I conduct a personal training assessment, I ask my clients as to how much water they consume on a daily basis. By the responses I get, it is apparent that a lot of people have the assumption that they drink enough water, but most do not.
Imagine your body being a dry sponge. Take this sponge and submerse it in a bucket of water. When you pull the sponge up and out of the bucket, the excess water runs out. Now take a dry sponge and wipe up a small spill from the floor or countertop. Hold it up and you will see that no water comes out. Your body reacts in the same way. The more water intake, the more water out-put. The less water, the less out-put.
Excessive usage of salts may also be a culprit for water retention. Your body will only tolerate a certain amount of sodium. The more salt you eat, the more water it will take to dilute it.