I don’t know where this myth started, but hopefully it can be better explained in this article. While drinking water is very important to healthy bodily function, by itself it can’t actually help you lose any type of weight. Instead, it helps your body better metabolize fat, which in turn helps you shed those extra pounds.
I’ve done my best to explain why the water myth exists and why it’s thought that it can help you lose weight, as well as give you some reasons why drinking plenty of water during the day is important if you’re a workout junkie like myself. So, let’s jump straight into it.
What Water Does to Help You Lose Weight
Making sure that your body is properly hydrated helps it better metabolize fat, which is always the ultimate goal of any fat burning routine. “How?” you may ask. Well, let’s break down the science behind what water does for the body and how it can help with your weight loss goals.
The Liver: The liver is what actually helps your body metabolize fat when it’ enters your system. Without your liver you’d have an awfully hard time gaining or losing weight.
The Kidneys: Believe it or not, all of the water that you drink has to be filtered by the kidneys to strain out any impurities that may be found within. Every time you have some type of water or liquid go into your body, it passes through the kidneys for processing.
Where things get difficult in the area of weight loss is when your body doesn’t have enough water in it to begin with. If you don’t have enough water in your system, your kidney’s won’t be able to function properly. If your kidney’s aren’t able to do their job because they’re not already stimulated by the water that’s been passing through your body for a while, when it comes time to process anything new, the kidney’s have to ask the liver for a bit of assistance when dealing with new toxins entering the body.
Since your liver is already dealing with the fat that it needs to metabolize to help you lose weight, adding onto it the task of helping process out some of the toxins the body is taking in is going to simply overwork your liver. The fat that the body was going to burn away during the liver’s normal operating cycle is then left to the side so that the liver can ensure that it gets rid of the toxins first and foremost.
Water During Meals
This is a “dirty trick” that I picked up from a friend of mine a few years ago. Before I had spoken to him I was always the type of person that slammed back a few glasses of water whenever I sat down to the dinner table. What I found out is that whenever you drink water, your stomach expands. That means that when you’re drinking water with your dinner, you’re actually causing your stomach to expand and eat more than you would if you just ate your dinner plain and had a drink after you finished. It may be difficult
How Much Water Should You Drink?
In order to stay properly hydrated and to keep your kidneys and liver form working overtime to clean your body of toxins, it’s recommended that you have 8-10 glasses of water a day. When you first start drinking more water you may find that it’s difficult to chug down a full 8 glasses during the day. What I like to do when I’m working out is keep a gallon of water by my side so that I’m ready to have a drink whenever I need it. It’s much easier to drink more water during the day if you pace yourself and always have water by your side. When you drink only when you’re thirsty your body is already short on water and is begging you to give it some. Drinking water even when you’re not thirsty is a good way to ensure that your body stays hydrated and healthy.
Direct Correlation Between Water and Fat
Ensuring that your body has enough water inside of it can help you when you actually go to burn fat as well. Not only in terms of allowing your liver to burn the fat that it was originally intending to burn, but also by aiding your body in helping transfer the fat from fat cells to be burned.
Water Instead of Soda
I think a lot of the myths about water and how it helps you lose weight come from drinking water instead of other drinks. Soda is one of the worst things you can put into your body as it’s simply sugar and chemicals. Stopping your soda consumption will not only help you lose weight, it will help you feel better as well. When sugars are introduced to the body and not burned away, the sugars are converted to fats that the body can use at a later date if it needs energy to burn. The problem is that people don’t just have one or two sodas every month or two, instead they drink a few of them a week, or in some cases every day. A soda here and there isn’t going to kill you, but by replacing the soda that you drink with water instead, you’ll find that your mind will be a lot clearer and you’ll be much healthier too.
Cautions about Consuming Water
I don’t expect anyone to actually do this, but I’ve come across people who think “Well if a little bit of something is good for me, a lot of it must be GREAT!” While it may be tough to even reach the 8 glasses a day that’s recommended by physicians, drinking too much water can kill you. Too much water in your system depletes your body of salt and will ultimately cause you to die. Hyponatremia, or the opposite of dehydration, means that you body has lost much of its salt content and is struggling to survive. If you think you’ve had to much water to drink and find yourself getting dizzy or sick, call a doctor immediately.