How Much Water to Drink for Weight Loss?

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How much water you need to drink has become a popular topic with many people who are looking to lose weight. In fact, a variation of the "Water Diet" has surfaced recently as a new dieting trend. However, one thing all fad diets seem to have in common is that they rely on extreme behaviors. For example, the diet instructs you to drink nothing but water for a few days and then eat a specific amount of fruit while consuming a certain number of ounces at every meal. For anyone who is serious about losing weight and keeping it off, just skip this fad and lose weight in way that restores your health and wellness.

Indeed, we should all be drinking plenty of water every day. Water helps your body digest food and allows your kidneys to work properly by filtering and eliminating toxins. People who do not consume enough fluids tend to be constipated and painful medical conditions like kidney stones can result from chronic dehydration. However, it is ridiculous to think that drinking large amounts of water in lieu of eating real food is going to result in permanent weight loss. You may lose weight but it would be water weight, not fat. In addition, you would risk losing more muscle mass (in part due to the lack of nutrients) when compared to someone who loses weight by following a good menu plan.

Now back to the question of how much water should you consume? The answer is simple, the same amount that you should consume to keep your body healthy. For generations that number was eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. More recently, the answer has changed to "it depends". Your daily requirement depends upon how much you weigh, how active you are, how healthy you are and where you live. The Institute of Medicine says an adequate intake of water for men is around 3.7 liters or 125 ounces each day as compared to 2.7 liters or 91 ounces for women. That said, drinking a glass of water before each meal and between meals, as well as drinking water before, during and after exercise is good for you and will support healthy weight loss.

Eating real food, keeping active, supplementing essential nutrients and drinking lots of water is a healthy approach to losing weight. Other approaches may promise fast weight loss results, but spoiler alert. You will likely gain the weight back as quickly as you lost it. To learn more about permanent weight loss, contact the Metabolic Weight Loss Center. We've been helping people lose weight by restoring their health and wellness for more than 25 years.


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