Resolutions Step #2 Part 4

Just a quick note about the importance of water. I mentioned hydration as my goal for both the running and weight loss resolutions. Here is a good sample of examples as to why it is so important.

Incredible as it seems, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can reduce fat deposits. Here’s why; the kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they don’t work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. If the liver has to perform a portion of the Kidney’s work, it is unable to operate at the level necessary to metabolize the fat, thus preventing fat loss in the body.

 The overweight person needs more water than a thinner person. Larger People have a higher metabolic load and since water is the key to fat metabolism, it only makes since that the heavier you are the more water your body will need.

Water also help to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps to make the muscle definition by keeping your cells buoyed by water so the skin stays tight, clear, and resilient as opposed to loose and saggy.

Water is the bodies main transport system of waste products. During vigorous exercise the body has a higher level of wastes and toxins in the body. Proper water in the body helps it to be flushed out of the system.

How much water should you drink? The easy answer is as long as your urine is clear your body is hydrated. Try to have about 3 quarts a day as an athlete. One in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. One of the quarts should be during your exercise routine. If you are not drinking enough the body will see the lack of water as a threat to its survival so it will hold on to excess water and make you feel lethargic and weak.

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