Opinions and rumors circulate about how much water you should drink, but almost always there is some kind of "authority” telling you today the exact opposite of what you heard yesterday. However, this water issue is not simply a marketing concept for diets; it is a question of great importance.
To simplify things, it may seem essential to burn calories so that our fat reserves melt away; but this combustion, as necessary as it is, is not enough. Losing weight is as much about eliminating waste as it is about burning fat.
Would you do a load of laundry or wash the dishes without rinsing them? It is the same with losing weight. A diet that does not involve drinking a sufficient quantity of water is a bad diet. Not only is it ineffective, it leads to the accumulation of harmful waste.
Water Purifies the Body and Improves the Diet’s Results Simple observation shows us that the more water you drink, the more you rinate and the greater the opportunity for the kidneys to eliminate waste derived from the food burned. Water is, therefore, the best natural diuretic. It is surprising how few people drink enough water.
The many demands in our busy day conspire to delay, then finally eliminate, our natural feeling of thirst, which no longer plays its part in warning us about tissue dehydration.
However, what you may get away with under ordinary circumstances must change when you are following a weight loss diet.
Trying to lose weight without drinking water is not only toxic for the body, it can reduce and even completely block the weight loss so that all your work is for nothing.
Because the human engine that burns its fat while dieting functions like any combustion engine. Burned fuel (proteins) gives off heat and waste. If these waste products are not regularly eliminated by the kidneys, they will accumulate and, sooner or later, interrupt combustion and prevent any weight loss, even if you are following the diet scrupulously.
It is the same for a car engine with a clogged exhaust pipe, or a fire in a fireplace full of ashes. Both end up choking and dying from the buildup of waste. Sooner or later, bad nutrition and the accumulated effects of bad healthcare and extreme or unbalanced diets will make the overweight person’s kidneys become lazy. More than anyone else, overweight people need large quantities of water to get their kidneys working efficiently again.
At the outset, drinking a lot of water may seem tedious and unpleasant, especially in wintertime. But if you keep it up, the habit will grow on you. Then, encouraged by the pleasant feeling of cleaning out your insides and, even better, of losing weight, drinking often ends up once again becoming something you want to do.
When They Are Combined, Water and Pure Proteins Act Powerfully on Cellulite This issue concerns women, as cellulite is a type of fat that, under hormonal influence, accumulates and remains trapped in the thighs, hips, and knees. Diets are very often powerless against it. I have discovered that the pure protein diet, together with a reduction in salt intake and an increase in consumption of mineral water with a low mineral salt content, leads to a weight loss with moderate but genuine weight loss in the difficult areas, such as the thighs or the insides of the knees, and achieves the best overall reduction around the hips and thighs.
These results can be explained by the diuretic effect of proteins and the intense filtering undertaken by the kidneys made possible by the increased water intake. Water penetrates all tissues, even cellulite. It goes in, pure and clean, and comes out salty and full of waste. Adding the powerful effect of burning up pure proteins to this expulsion of salt and waste brings about definite, even if modest, results. This is a rare achievement and sets this diet apart from most others, which have no specific effect on cellulite.
People still cling to old wives’ tales that would have you believe that it is best not to drink at mealtimes to avoid food’s trapping the water. Not only does this idea have no physiological basis, in many cases it makes things worse. Not drinking while you eat, at a time when you naturally get thirsty and when drinking is so easy and enjoyable, may result in your suppressing your thirst. Then, when you are busy later on with your daily activities, you may forget to drink water for the rest of the day. If possible, drink mineral water, or take it in any other liquid form such as tea, herbal tea, or coffee.
Have a cup of tea at breakfast, a large glass of water midmorning, 2 more glasses and a coffee at lunch, 1 glass during the afternoon, and 2 glasses with dinner and you have easily downed 2 quarts.
Tap water. If you drink tap water, then continue to do so. It is far more important to drink enough water to get your kidneys working again than it is to worry about what is in the water you are drinking.
Tea. The same holds true for all the various sorts of teas,green teas, and herbal teas, especially in colder weather.
Diet soda. In the case of diet sodas, I consider them all to be great allies in the fight against weight problems (or excess weight) as long as they have no more than 1 calorie per glass.
First of all, diet sodas are often the best way to make sure you drink the 1½ quarts of liquid already mentioned. In addition, they have virtually no calories or sugar. Finally, and above all, a carbonated beverage like Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Zero, the market-leading brand, provides a clever mix of intense flavors, which can reduce the craving for sugar if used repeatedly by those who like snacking on sweet things.
Water Is Naturally Filling As you know, we often associate the sensation of an empty stomach with being hungry, which is not entirely wrong. Water drunk during a meal and mixed with food increases the total volume of the food mass and stretches the stomach, creating the feeling of a full stomach, the first sign of satisfaction and satiety. This is another reason for drinking at mealtimes.
However, experience proves that keeping the mouth busy works just as well in between meals—for example, during the danger zone in your day, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. A big glass of any liquid will often be enough to calm your hunger pangs.
Nowadays, the world’s richest populations are confronting a new type of hunger: a self-imposed denial while surrounded by an infinite variety of foods that they dare not touch because of the risk to their health or because they have weight problems.
It is surprising to see that at a time when individuals, institutions, and pharmaceutical laboratories dream of discovering the perfect and most effective appetite suppressant, there are so many people for whom this is an issue. They still do not know about or even worse refuse to use a method as simple, pure, and inexpensive as drinking water to tame their appetite.