Role of Water in Weight Loss

Published:February 18th, 2012


Obesity is a condition affecting many individuals, both young and old. With increasing scientific advancements, the incidence of overweight and obese individuals is also growing at a rapid pace. People have thought of complex ways to shed some weight ignoring the basics. The most important thing that everyone seems to ignore is the common liquid we have in our homes. Water has been shown to be very effective in weight loss. Initially the mechanisms were not clearly understood but research has unraveled the secrets behind it. This article will try to explain to you the role of water in Weight loss.

Helps in Fat Metabolism

Every site you visit tells you do drink a lot of water as part of the dieting program. What you do not know is how water achieves this. First, you need to know that what constitutes overweight is Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 and above.  BMI is an indication of your body fat content in comparison to lean muscle mass. Thus higher BMI means high body fat. The role of water in this context is to help in the burning of this excess body fat. Oxidation of fat is a process that requires a lot of energy. This energy is partially provided by hydrolysis. This is where water comes in. The cells that function in the burning of fat work best if their water content is optimal (hydrated). Dehydration causes the cells to function sub-optimally reducing the burning of fat with net accumulation of fat in the body.

Reduces muscle breakdown

Secondly, research has proved that hydration actually reduces the rate of muscle breakdown. This effect increases the lean muscle mass which will be sequestered in the different muscle areas of the body do give you an attractive appearance. This is because water increases the activities of enzymes involved in protein (the major components muscle fibers) synthesis and those involved in fat burning (oxidation). These activities are optimal when the cells are turbid or swollen with water. From these findings, the relationship between water and weight loss can never be overemphasized. If you are really serious with weight loss, you have to be serous with the amount of water you take each day too.

Acts as a medium of transport

Thirdly, water is a medium of transport for many of the systems of the body. In the circulatory system it carries nutrients and oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and waste products and carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs for excretion. In the renal system it carries waste products to the kidney for excretion via urine. This is at organ level. At cell level, water carries important substrates (raw materials for cell metabolism) that help in enzyme synthesis and co- factors for enzyme activation. Cells also excrete waste products which must be secreted to the outside of the cell. Water is required for this function. Thus cells will work efficiently in fat metabolism and food conversion if the water supply of the body is at its maximum.

To conclude, it is imperative that you increase your water intake if you want to lose weight. The optimal amount of water to take daily is 8-10 ounce glasses. If you make it a habit, drinking a lot of water will help to supplement the other efforts you are putting to lose weight. This is the secret behind the role of water in weight loss.

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