Benefits of drinking waterPublished 10:10am Friday, June 29, 2012
Man, do I love this great country of ours, but we hold a no. 1 ranking I’m not too proud to hold.
We’re the world’s “obesity” champs. That’s right. In 1997, 19.4 percent of all U.S. adults were considered obese, not just overweight. That number rose to 24.5 percent in 2004, 26.6 percent in 2007, 33.8 percent in 2008, and reached 35.7 percent by 2010, with 63.1 percent being at least overweight.
There are many strategies for losing body fat, but I’d like to share a simple one, you might never have even thought of water.
Drinking water helps us lose more body fat in several ways. First, we need proper blood volume to lose fat, because we lose it via the blood stream. Blood is 83 percent water, by volume, so if you’re dehydrated, you just won’t lose as much fat.
Think of it this way, let’s pretend there’s a train delivering coal every day to fuel a power plant. The train has 100 coal cars, but one day the train leaves the station with just 50 coal cars. That means the train only delivers half its load of coal that day. Well, that train is like your blood stream, those coal cars represent your blood’s water content, and that power plant is like your liver that burns fat (coal).
So remember, if your blood volume is low you won’t burn as much body fat. Water is also a great appetite suppressant. Drinking a couple of glasses before each meal will make you feel fuller, so you won’t eat so much.
Remember too, that muscle is 70 to 75 percent water, so if you’re dehydrated it’s like running on flat tire, and remember, your heart’s a muscle too. Your muscles won’t look as good if you’re dehydrated, because they won’t be nice and toned, tight and shapely, they’ll tend to sag.
Drinking cold water increases fat loss, because your body has to burn calories to heat the water to your body’s normal temperature.