- Initial weight loss is largely due to loss of water, so you need to drink an adequate amount to avoid dehydration.
- The process of burning calories requires an adequate amount of water to function correctly; dehydration slows down the fat- burning process.
- Burning calories creates toxins (think of the exhaust coming out of your car); water plays a vital role in flushing them out.
- Dehydration causes a reduction of blood volume. This causes a reduction in oxygen supply to your organs & muscles, which makes you feel tired.
- Water helps maintain muscle tone by assisting muscles in their ability to contract. It also helps to lubricate your joints. Proper hydration can help reduce muscle & joint pain when exercising.
- A healthy diet, be it for weight loss or just good nutrition, includes a good amount of fibre. But while fibre is normally helpful to your digestive system, without water it can cause constipation instead of helping to eliminate it.
- Drinking water with a meal may make you feel fuller sooner & therefore more satisfied eating less.
- As an infant we are 85-95% water. By the time we reach 65 years old we are down to about 65% water. As we are made mostly of water it is critical that we remain hydrated.
Water is excreted from the body in a number of ways:
- Runny nose
- Sickness &/ or diarrhea
- Water vapour in the breath
It is absolutely necessary to replace lost fluids!!!