Water plays such a massive role in our body. From transporting nutrients throughout our bodies, getting rid of toxins, regulates body tempeture, lubricates your joints, and helps with digestion. Water makes up almost 70% of our body with our organs containing even more.Your liver contains almost 95% water, and as your liver plays a critical role in our bodies by breaking down toxins, and removing them from our bodies, storing fat soluble vitamins and more importantly, it also plays a huge role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. Your liver is also repsonsible for the storage and mobilization of fatty acids, so it is vital that we keep it running at its full capacity. When you dont drink enough water, your kidneys cannot fully function, and they are responsible also for removing toxins and waste material. When this happens, your liver has to pick up the slack. If your liver is working twice as hard to remove toxins, then FAT METABOLISM is not going to be able to function to its full capacity.
When your body doesn’t get enough water, it holds onto what it has, this is Water Retention, and it is simply survival. Your body has a tendency to hold onto and store what it doesn’t think it will get in the future. Once you start drinking more water, your body recognizes that it is getting a steady external supply, and it starts letting go of the water weight it’s been holding. That water retention in your waist, face, and ankles is released because there is no longer a reason for your body to store it.
Studies have shown that just slight dehydration can hugely impact exercise performance. Sometimes being hydrated is the difference between getting those last two reps, doing an extra 3 burpees, or running that lap 5 seconds faster. It may not seem like much of a difference, but that better workout you just had as a result of being fully hydrated, just built you some muscle. And in return, that muscle is now burning more fat for you, even while you rest.
How much water do I need to drink to lose weight?
Ideally, you should drink about 8 pints of water a day to support your fat loss goals. It might seem like a lot, but if you drink a pint when you first wake up, 1 at berakfast, another at your 11oc break, 1 at lunch, dinner and before you got to bed, then thats 6 gone, and only 2 more to get through throughout the day. You’ll get used to it. You may not be thirsty at first, but as your body starts to let the water go that it’s been holding onto, you’ll notice that you’re thirsty more often.
Add a lemon, lime, or orange slice to your water if you need some flavor.
Best of luck with it, and make this part of your New Year, New You regime!
The Bootcamp Team