How Does Water Drinking Help Weight Loss?

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The human body’s weight is approximately 60% composed of water. Actually, the brain and heart are in the 70-plus % water composition. Water is vitally important to the biochemical reactions that take place in the body. Not being able to drink water would result in death in about one week or less. We can go three weeks without eating food.

Water also helps lots on weight loss efforts. There are several reasons for this:

Ingestion of water increases metabolic rates, especially drinking cold water.
Water can act as somewhat of an appetite suppressant when ingested before meals.
Water intake will help avoid ingestion of caloric-containing drinks that may otherwise have been ingested instead of the water.

How much water should we drink? The SP Program recommends at least 64 ounces (about 2 liters) a day, and most certainly on days when you are sweating lots, drinking much more is advisable.

Can there be a problem with drinking too much water? Ingesting too much water can lead to low serum sodium levels (“hyponatremia”) and this could be life-threatening. This rarely happens if the water intake is less than 100 ounces a day.

The bottom-line for water usage during your long term weight-control journey: This is a major “friend”.

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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