Yes! It's amazing to me the billions of dollars we overweight people spend every year on the latest diet foods and systems, when all most of us need is to continue to eat carefully and add enough water to our diets. We're not talking liquids, like cola, coffee, tea, sparkling water, etc...just plain, free water. Let's also make it clear we're not talking about the water diet or replacing food with water, just getting enough water with our food. At this point, it might be good to know why water works so well and how much we need, which is what this article is all about.
One of the first things I've noticed about any diet I've been on is the initial lack of energy and slow-down in my system due to fewer calories coming in. Usually, we have to tough it out until we've lost significant weight before the energy is back. This isn't the case if we drink enough water. It's no accident that every diet program I've read and tried included instructions on adding water...if only I'd paid attention. By adding oxygen to your system, water gives you energy to burn, speeding your metabolism, improving your mood and making it easier to be more active, using up even more calories. Once you've added enough water to your diet, you'll literally feel the difference.
If you've ever taken fiber supplements without the required water, you know fiber, by itself, isn't helpful to your diet. In fact, without the water, fiber can cause constipation by soaking up the water already in your system. Without added water, fiber is a thickening and hardening agent. That's why it's used to thicken sauces, gravies, jams, etc. (pectin, corn starch, baking powder). So, if you're getting enough fiber but not getting enough water, the fiber is either useless or working against you. Water is key to activating dietary fiber.
Because fiber doesn't work without water, water is necessary to reduce the fats, cholesterols and toxins absorbed by digestion. In addition, I'll bet you already knew water is a cleaning agent. Can you imagine washing dishes without water? Water works the same way inside your body to rinse fats and toxins out, making your body more efficient at using nutrients. This makes you feel less hunger.
Speaking of hunger, it's pretty common knowledge that drinking a large glass of water within a half hour before your meal makes you feel full, so you don't eat as much.
Once, I told my sister to drink 8-10 cups of water
a day. A month later, she told me the water wasn't doing any good and that
5-6 cups was all she could drink. Later, I found out she was talking about
4 oz. tea cups. She was only drinking 24 oz. of water a day.
Funny, she was easily able to drink 40 oz. of coffee in the morning and 40 oz of
cola in the afternoon and evening but couldn't drink 60-80 oz. of water during
the day. Let me level with you...no diet program will work for someone who
is dishonest with themselves. Always check with your doctor before
changing your routine, but your water intake should be 2-3 quarts every
day...more, if you have strenuous physical activity or a lot of time in the sun.
You'll know you're drinking enough if your urine is almost clear.
Honestly, most of us already watch our diets and stay active enough to lose weight without all those fancy and expensive systems. Often, something as simple and inexpensive as getting enough water can make all the difference. Water really is the best diet food, dollar-for-dollar.
If you're looking to improve your health and fitness, you probably want a healthy life...including mind, body and spirit. You can renew your mind and spirit with God's help. He can heal the stuff your diet doesn't control. If you want His help, go to Healing From God.
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