The Importance of the Daily Intake of Water!
By Karen Sessions
Here we go again, a new year with new goals. If you are like everyone else, you probably have a New Year's Resolution in mind. Many are vowing to quit smoking, spending more quality time with the family, spending less money, and of course, the all too familiar weight loss resolution.
Your weight loss success is determined on more than just merely what you eat and how much exercise you get. A permanent weight reduction always begins in the mind. This is where the decision is made and goals are set.
Once you get the decision under way, it's time for the next step, doing something about it. There are many aspects involved in weight loss, and one of the most overlooked is water intake. While water is not the complete answer, it does make weight loss faster and easier.
Let the Water Flow
Water covers two thirds of the earth, and makes up approximately 60 to 70% of our bodies. It removes toxins and sodium from the body. It also nourishes the organs, rejuvenates the metabolism, and curbs the appetite. Therefore, drinking adequate water, while eating right and exercising, is the prescription to permanent weight loss.
Many people drink plenty of sodas, coffee, tea, milk, and juice, but such liquids only satisfy the taste buds and do nothing for the body.
On the average, many people are dehydrated most of the time. By taking the edge off of thirst with coffee or other caffinated drinks, you are actually creating a diuretic effect, due to the caffeine. Dehydration makes weight loss more difficult.
The basic minimum of water a day is one liter per fifty pounds of body weight. If you are not drinking this much yet, it's a good start.
Eventually, you want to work your way up to at least one gallon of water a day as your fitness routines increase. The more you weigh and the more you exercise, the more water you need. You can shed a good 3 to 8 pounds just by increasing your water intake.
I know many of you can't stand plain water, which of course makes it harder to do and to stay with. If you are among the few, try adding a slice of lemon to your water. Also, Crystal Lightİ and Sugar-Free Kool-Aidİ are great alternatives to get water in, and still get a fruity or tangy taste.
With an increased water intake, you will be running to the restroom more often. Many may see this as an interference with a normal workday. However, before you opt to snub the water, take time to understand that it's just a flushing process and once your body finds it's normal balance, the restroom eagerness will slowdown.
When the water rids your body of toxins, you will begin to notice the puffiness in your hips, thighs, buttocks, ankles, waste, and so forth will dissipate.
Not only does water flush the rubbish from your body, but it also hydrates the muscles and improves muscle tone, giving you better workouts, and properly hydrated and toned muscle burns more calories.
To get a head start on your weight loss goals this year, be sure to get adequate water intake.
About the author:
Karen Sessions has been in the fitness industry since 1988 and is a
certified personal fitness instructor and specialist in performance
nutrition. She is a nationally qualified natural female bodybuilder,
holding numerous titles in the southern states including two overalls.
Karen has written six e-books on fitness. She also writes articles for
several fitness websites, and distributes two monthly newsletters regarding
weight loss and female bodybuilding. Click here to find out more about her books!
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