What is so important about water in weight loss?

Water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body doesn't get enough water, it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to store it. This shows up as swollen feet, hands and legs. The best way to overcome this problem is to give your body plenty of water. Only then will excess stored water be released.

Water also helps maintain proper muscle tone and prevents sagging skin by re-hydrating the cells, leaving your skin clear, healthy and resilient. In weight loss, the metabolized fat must be shed. Here again, water helps rid the body of waste by flushing it out. Water helps relieve constipation. When the body gets too little water, it draws what is needed from internal sources, primarily the colon.

The result? Constipation.

When a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function returns. While six to eight cups of water is enough for the person of average weight, an overweight person needs an additional cup for each 25 lbs. of excess weight. When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, the endocrine gland function improves, fluid retention is alleviated and more fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat. Natural thirst returns, and there is a reduction in hunger.