Are You Drinking Enough Water?*

Monday, 7 March 2016, By James Nearchou

As we all know water is a basic human necessity for survival. On average the human body consists of 70% water, and every vital system in your body is dependant on water. The body therefore needs a specific amount of water to be consumed each day to keep it in a state of homeostasis or equalibrium. What many of us don't know however is that water can play a key role in transforming your body shape and assisting with a weight loss goal.

If your body is not receiving a high enough water intake, over time it will realize that it is in a dehydrated state continuously and this can in turn lead to a barrier for weight loss. Once the body realizes it has not received enough water it will begin to store water and hold onto it as a survival method. This can then lead to bloating and excess weight gain.

When you increase your water intake to the sufficient level and the body recognizes this, cells will release stored water through digestion and excretion and often a significant weight loss can be achieved in a short period of time. Another bonus from drinking water especially cold water is that it can for a short period of time increase your metabolic rate. The body has to deal with a small drop in body temperature when drinking cold water, in order to bring the body back up to a normal level it will need to work a little harder hence increasing your calorie expenditure. 

As a general rule male or female, the human body needs about 1 litre of water p/day for every 25kgs of bodyweight. (e.g. 75kgs bodyweight = 3 litres p/day).

In addition to this for every 60mins of exercise, the body needs a further 1 litre on top of that daily total. (e.g. 75kgs bodyweight + 60mins of exercise = 4litres p/day). If this is not being achieved the body will more than likely be left in a dehydrated state.

So if you are struggling with a plateau in your weight loss journey, have a closer look at your water intake as this may be having an adverse effect on your results!


Drink Up Team!!!


James Nearchou

General Manager

Vision Personal Training Brighton


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