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Water and Weight Loss

We have all heard about the importance of drinking those eight glasses of water a day, but did you ever stop to think how drinking enough water might help your weight loss efforts?

Water Works!

Brittney Fuqua, one of our community members, says drinking enough water is at the top of her list of weight loss tactics:

"To me, the most beneficial weight loss strategy is drinking plenty of water. At least two liters a day makes a huge difference, and it's really not as hard as it seems after you do for a few days. Not only does it help shed pounds, but it improves your complexion, too!"

Another community member, Nicci, knows all about the wonders of water. She has found that water is a worthy adversary against cravings. When a visitor recently asked if drinking enough water is really all that important to weight loss, Nicci had a lot to say:

"I have to personally vouch that it works. Not only is it completely healthy for you and something you should be doing already, it's also a natural appetite suppressant. In fact, many times when you feel hungry for a snack, you are really just thirsty. It's really easy to train your body to crave water instead of a candy bar; if I am tempted, I immediately grab my water and take a large gulp. I bring water to work in a large sport container so I can drink it there too. People call me the 'Water Girl'!"
Did You Know You May Be Dehydrated?

One of our modern comforts actually contributes to dehydration. Air conditioning and heating systems in offices, homes, even cars decrease the humidity in the air. On average, we lose about 10 cups of water a day. That's pretty scary when you realize that our bodies are predominantly made up of water!

The weather plays a big part in dehydration, too -- especially in these dog days of summer. It is extremely important to drink enough water when you are going to be playing, working or exercising outside in the heat. If you begin to feel weak or dizzy, then it's time to cool down. Nausea may indicate that you are beginning to experience heat illness. If your symptoms do not improve, or, they worsen, do not hesitate to seek medical attention. Heat stroke claims many lives every year, especially in unusually hot summers like the heat wave much of the U.S. is experiencing at the moment.

Being thirsty is not the only symptom of dehydration. In fact, once you actually feel physical thirst, you may be well on your way to dehydration. Other signs of dehydration are dark or foul-smelling urine. Even mild dehydration is not only perilous to renal (kidney) function, but it can also have other physical and psychological ramifications like severe headaches or decreased concentration levels.

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