The body needs water for millions of metabolic processes and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies determines how most of our systems function. We know that regularly drinking water can help solve many day-to-day health issues, including preventing headaches but can it actually help us loose weight?
When dehydrated, the body cannot effectively remove toxic wastes which have to go somewhere, so the body stores them safely in fat cells. Drinking water can help your body flush out toxins and waste products from your body.
Furthermore dehydration can also impair the function of the kidneys. When the kidneys don’t get enough water to do their job (remove waste products and excess fluid from the body via urine, regulate the levels of salt, potassium and acid in the body and produce hormones that influence the performance of other organs) they have to rely on the liver to help remove wastes.
Since the liver is responsible for metabolising stored fat into usable energy, if it has to do some of the kidneys work, it cannot operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolises less fat so more fat remains stored in the body, preventing weight loss.
Whilst there are so many residual benefits to being properly hydrated – helping relieve fatigue, improving the vitality of your skin and keeping your joints and muscles lubricated so you’re less likely to cramp or sprain – the fact of the matter is, water is just one of many useful tools that can be used in your weight-loss arsenal. Other useful tools include a healthy diet, plenty of exercise and getting a good night’s sleep.
The good news is for those of you who don’t like how water tastes (i.e. watery) it’s worth noting that you don’t have to drink water per se to get water; cut back on soft drinks such as cola and even unsweetened orange juice which contain unwanted ’empty’ calories (an act in itself which will relieve you of unwanted pounds) and increase your consumption of foods such as fruit and vegetables, soup and even yoghurt, all of which contain high percentages of water.