Myths and Facts To Successful Weight Loss: Chronic dehydration and general lack of water can slow down metabolism.

Meal Times Myth 1D: Chronic dehydration and general lack of water can slow down metabolism.

Fact = The reason that lack of water or dehydration can slow your metabolism is because water is partially involved in the functioning of your liver  Part of the liver’s job is to break down and metabolize fat.  But if the liver receives a body message that the kidneys are water deprived – the liver picks up the activity of water conservation instead of fat burning to help protect the kidneys.  In other words in addition to taxing the function of the kidneys, in a state of dehydration fat storage is increased.

In addition, new research indicates that poor fluid consumption in general (solid foods like fruit and vegetables also contribute fluids to the diet,) and water consumption in particular, can have the following effects:

  • diminished physical performance
  • diminished mental performance
  • diminished salivary gland function
  • increased risk of kidney stones in susceptible population
  • increased risk of urinary tract cancers
  • increase risk of breast cancer
  • increased risk of childhood obesity
  • increased risk of mitral valve prolapse in susceptible population

So, if hydration helps maintain one’s metabolism at an optimal rate and in turn supports normal fat loss, how much water does one need to consume on a daily basis? Good question.

It depends on how much energy you expend throughout the day, what type of climate you live in, and what you include in your diet. People on high-fibre eating plans require more fluid. Those who consume alcohol and caffeine need more fluids to counter the fluid loss effects of these types of beverages.

In general, the average male should consume 2900 ml or 12 cups per day, while the average female 2200 ml or 9 cups.

My Personal Non-Scientific Common Sense Weight Loss Success Tip: To help meet your daily intake of water and reduce the chance of overeating, drink a cup or 2 of water just before each meal.  It has zero calories and temporarily takes up physical space in your stomach leaving less available room for food and helping you feel fuller sooner.

Action Step to Successful Weight Loss:  Go out and purchase a brand new stainless steel reusable 1 liter water bottle.  Fill it up each morning and keep it close by your side.  Drink about a cup at a time throughout the day and refill as necessary.

You’ll know if you are hydrated by the color of your urine.  Urine that is pale yellow, very pale yellow or straw-colored indicates adequate hydration.

Oh, and one final thing, stay close to a restroom.

And as always, I look forward to your feedback and words of wisdom.

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