Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Losing weight by drinking water - The science behind it

Many might find it puzzling as to how one loses weight by drinking water. The body itself is made up of almost 70 percent water, shouldn't drinking water add to the total body weight? Well theoretically it does but there is more to this than what it appears.

Our body is made up several organs, one of the major ones is the liver. The liver is an amazing organ, it is able to perform many functions. It's major role is its effect on your metabolism. Ok I am going to touch a bit on the science of your body organs.

One of the main functions of the liver is converting stored fat into energy. Another function that it has is it's ability to perform functions similar to the kidneys. Now kidneys need lots of water to work properly. When there isn't enough water, the liver steps in assist to the kidneys.

Now this reduces the ability of the liver to do other functions, in this case, turning your stored fat into energy. Doing two things at one time isn't an effective process even for a liver. Now with the liver acting as a kidney, it isn't able to metabolize fat quickly as it did when there is enough water.

So this means, if you keep depriving yourself of water, you are going to store more fat.

Ok so now how much water do I have to drink?

An adult male needs at least 2.9 liters a day, and for an adult female, at least 2.2 liters a day.
An active person would require more.

So basically you need about 9 to 12 cups of water daily. 7 cups from your drinking, 4 cups from your food intake and 1 cup from your metabolism. Please bear in mind that I am talking about drinking non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated liquids.

Interesting isn't it on how your body works. So guys and girls, keep yourself hydrated daily so that your bodily organs are able to do their jobs effectively. I hope this bit of a science lesson will give you a better understanding on why you should keep yourself hydrated.

Now that you know how important water is to your body. Here's a water tip video:

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