Drinking water, a generous amount daily, is absolutely essential to the success of your weight loss program. If you’re eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise but still not shedding those kilos chances are you’re just not drinking enough water.
Water has such a vital role in the proper functioning of the human body and that holds true in the metabolism of fat. Your kidneys rely on a certain level of water to function efficiently and when they are dehydrated, a significant portion of their workload is transferred to the liver. When the liver has to divide its attention, it can’t put all of its energy into turning fat to energy. So, as the liver metabolizes less fat, you lose less weight.
Additionally, without the proper amount of water, the body goes into survival mode. This means that your body prepares for a possible emergency situation by storing all the water it can get. It will take it from anywhere and store or “retain” it in places such as your ankles, hips, thighs and even around your stomach.
In simplest terms, when you’re dehydrated, your metabolism slows and so does your weight loss. A sluggish metabolism cannot burn calories as fast and efficiently as it does when you’re drinking the recommended amount of water on a daily basis. The fat tissue will stop having blood flow through it, and thus, no fat removal.
2 litre of water, spread out over the course of the day is an ideal amount to maintain the processes vital to weight loss. If you happen to be considerably overweight, an additional 250ml for every 12 of excess weight is recommended.
Signs of dehydration
Mild: thirst, headache, fatigue, flushed skin, dry mouth and throat.
Moderate: rapid heart rate, dizziness, low blood pressure, weakness and lack of energy, highly concentrated urine but low in volume.
Severe: muscle spasms, swollen tongue, poor circulation, increased weakness, failing kidney function.