The transparent, colourless liquid (H2O) which falls from the sky as rain, issues from the ground as springs and composes ¾ of the earth’s surface in the form of rivers lakes etc. (Webster’s New Lexicon Dictionary)
Water is probably the single, most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. One of the things we take most for granted, water plays a very important role in permanent weight loss. It aids in suppressing the appetite naturally and metabolising stored fat.
Studies show that a increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. The kidneys do not function properly without enough water. When this occurs, some of the load is passed on to the liver has to aid the kidneys, it cannot function efficiently. Consequently, the liver metabolises less fat, thus fat remains stored in the body and weight loss ceases.
Many people, whose bodies retain water, drink less water, hoping to eliminate the problem. The body sees this action as a threat to its survival, so it attempts to hold on to every drop. Water is then stored in spaces outside the body’s cells. This causes swollen feet, hands and legs. Diuretics offer only temporary relief. The best way to overcome excess water retention is to give the body what it needs, which is plenty of water! Only then can stored water be released.
Overweight people need more water than thin people. Larger people have a large metabolic load. Water also helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It helps prevent sagging skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are plumped up by water. The complexion then appears clean, healthy and resilient. Water also flushes wastes from the body and thus eliminates constipation. The endocrine gland function improves, thus the entire system functions more efficiently.
Water not only accomplishes all of the things listed above, but it also works with fibre to create a satisfied feeling and help subdue hunger pangs. At least 6 – 8 glasses of water per day is recommended.
* REMEMBER *
“WHAT GOES THROUGH THE LIPS,
MUST GO ON THE HIPS”
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.