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Can Eight Glasses Of Water A Day, Really Speed Up Weightloss?

Updated on January 15, 2010

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In addition to flushing the toxins and waste from the body, lubricating the joints and the colon, and regulating one's body temperature, several studies have shown that drinking a sufficient amount of water may speed up the weight-loss process.

* What The Research States.

Approximately six years ago, the now retired Dr. Donald Robertson (Southwest Bariatric Nutrition Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.) stated: "proper water intake is a key to weight loss. If people who are trying to lose weight don't drink enough water, the body can't metabolize the fat adequately."

In addition,WebMD Health News freelance reporter Salynn Boyles, reported that despite previous speculations, there is scientific evidence that water really does help you lose weight.

The report went on to state: "Researchers in Germany report that water consumption increases the rate at which people burn calories. The impact is modest and the findings are preliminary, but the researchers say their study could have important implications for weight-control programs".

* How Does Drinking Water Help In Weight-loss?

Drinking a sufficient amount of water speeds up weight-loss in three simple ways:

1.) Water contains no calories; is cholesterol and fat free; and is low in sodium content.

2.) Water is a great appetite suppressant.

3.) Water helps your body metabolize stored fat: - sufficient water equals healthy, functioning kidneys and liver - a healthy liver possess the ability to metabolize fat effectively - therefore, less fat stored means less weight gain.

Just the opposite happens when there is a lack of sufficient water however.

Insufficient water leads to kidneys that cannot function properly - causing the liver to step in; retarding its ability to effectively metabolizes fat - fat remains stored in the body - you gain weight.

* What About Water Weight Gain?

Realistically, water retention shouldn't be ruled out as a cause for weight gain.

Often called water retention or water wight gain, the idea that reducing one's water intake will help lose weight, is contrary to the facts.

In the event of a water deficit or "starvation", the body instinctively holds on to every drop available, and much like a ground squirrel hoarding its nuts, will hoard the water in places such as the legs, feet and hands.

So what should one do? - Give your body what it needs, and reduce your salt intake.

* How Much Water Should I Consume?

Once people are aware of the link between sufficient water intake and weight-loss, many often wonder how much water is sufficient for them.

Of course we've all heard of the basic rule of thumb - eight to ten (eight-ounce [quarter-liter]) glasses a day.

However, bariatric (weight control) specialist Dr. Howard Flaks M.D. stated: "You need more if you exercise a lot, or live in a hot climate. And overweight (individuals) should drink an extra glass for every 25 pounds [10 kg] they exceed their ideal weight."

While other experts and nutritionist advise consuming enough water in keeping with your everyday activities, body and weight type, or when you are thirsty.

In conclusion, whether drinking a sufficient amount of water (whether that be eight glasses - give or take) speeds up your personal weight-loss or not, can only be determined by you - the individual (*and your physician)

Not to be thought of as a cure-all, in addition to adequate water intake, a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet along with a sufficient exercise program, should be implemented as well.

In any event, since there is no substitute for the benefits water does provide for us, why not ensure you are getting a sufficient amount for your individual needs.

*(It is vital to note, that this article in no way encourages a specific weight-loss program, it's simply a look into simple healthy steps that may increase a person's weight-loss. The debate over how much water should be consumed has been waged for some time now. Therefore, it's vital that we get to know and listen to the specific needs of our bodies. Whatever you do, consult your physician before making any drastic changes in your diet.)

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much stedac for stopping by and leaving this additional information. I've heard so much about Acai berry, but have never had the courage to try it. I have to do more research on it before I venture into those waters.:)

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      8 years ago

      This is really good work. Water being an appetite suppresant can work well with Acai berry and help in losing weight effectively. Acai berry has additional advantages that are all good to your body.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you Lee Thacker and Rasiapoetry for stopping by. I'm so glad this hub could be of some use to you.

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      9 years ago from *~Australia to Florida*~

      Im glad I read this hub. I really need to start drinking more water for my health purposes.

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      Lee Thacker 

      9 years ago

      8 is a good target, Wow! You really put a lot of thought and positive thought into your hub article! Honestly I think I need to re-read it again to pick-up all the gems that you shared, as always...THANKS! Keep know I'm a fan!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Your welcome elisabethkcmo. Thanks for stopping by. I think we all could use this reminder.

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      9 years ago from Just East of Oz

      I needed to read this hub for a great reminder, I think sometimes I find myself eating when I'm really just thirsty.. thanks for the info!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you for stopping by creativeone59.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      9 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Veronca for a very important hub. thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Wow Hello, hello! Thanks for sharing that vital piece of information with us. I've never heard of this happening before but I will do more research on it.

      RevLady - I'm in agreement with the fact that the amount of water intake truly depends on the individual. I don't drink eight glasses of water personally, but I do drink enough that is suffiecient for me.

      BkCreative - That's a great evaluation - I never thought of people replacing water intake with food.

      In the end, the important thing is to consume what is neccessary for us. Taking in eight glasses (less or more depending on the individual is definetly not a cure all, but the need for hydrating and keeping our kidneys and liver healthy is a proper step in keeping our bodies well).

      Thank you guys for weighing in.

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I have actually met people who will not drink a glass of water. Many of these people are overweight - and I think they are confusing their need for hydration with hunger - so they eat instead of drinking fluids. And is typical in this culture - we make one suggestion - for everyone, eight glasses. One day we will figure out that we are individuals with individual needs and should listen to our bodies!

      Thank you!

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      9 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Sounds like the bottom line is that there is no single amount of water intake that is appropriate for all. Being in touch with our body and its need for fluids plays a vital role in helping us estimate how much water we, as individuals, need to drink each day. Thanks for reminding me of this.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      I am sorry, Veronica Allen, but over here some people died because of that diet. It increased the liquid in the body too much and in their brain.


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