Water is one of the most important factors in losing weight and keeping it off. Water suppresses the appetite and helps the body metabolize stored fat, by keeping the kidneys functioning properly. Thus avoiding the liver from over compensating and doing some of the kidney's work. The primary function of the liver is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. If it is not able to operate at it's full potential it metabolizes less fat, which in turn remains stored in the body.Drinking plenty of water is also the best treatment for water retention. As water helps ride the body of excess sodium. Water helps maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and prevent dehydration. Water also and helps keep the skin clear, healthy and resilient. Water can also help get ride of constipation as when the body is not receiving enough water it pulls it from internal sources, like the colon, which will result in constipation. By drinking enough water, normal bowl movement returns.
So with water being so important to the body, how much water is enough? On average a person should drink 8 glasses of water a day. A person who is over weight should drink one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. If you exercise or are in hot and dry weather your water intake should also increase. Some evidence has shown that drinking cold water is absorbed more quickly than warm water and can actually help burn calories. Also keep in mind that many times you think you are still hungry but you may just be thirsty. So now that summer is here be sure to keep yourself well hydrated.
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