Water & Weight Loss

Written by Michael A. Smith, MD

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Isotonic -- Does not alterrepparttar salt concentration in your blood. There is no disruption ofrepparttar 150485 water/salt balance.

Hypertonic Fluids -- This adds salt to your blood and nowrepparttar 150486 surrounding tissues have less salt. Water moves into your blood.

This is not hydrating becauserepparttar 150487 water that moves into your blood is trying to re-establishrepparttar 150488 correct balance. It's not extra water to help hydrate but needed water to reachrepparttar 150489 proper balance.

Steps to Proper Hydration

Because of our high salt diets, most Americans need to drink filtered water. However, it's not necessary to drink 15 glasses a day that some diet plans recommend.

Instead, drink 1 glass of filtered water with each meal and drink an additional 2 glasses of filtered water throughoutrepparttar 150490 day. This should come out to about 5-7 glasses of filtered water per day for most Americans (that's assuming your eatingrepparttar 150491 proper number of meals per day).

The remaining fluids you drink need to haverepparttar 150492 same amount of salt as your blood. This type of fluid keeps your blood isotonic torepparttar 150493 surrounding tissues. Isotonic fluids have no net effect on moving water and you sustain a proper level of hydration.

The best isotonic fluid to drink (in my opinion), diluted gatorade. Mix water with gatorade in equal proportions and enjoy! Drink as much as you like since it's isotonic to your blood and won't cause water to move into or out of your blood.


Think more in terms of proper hydration and not disruptingrepparttar 150494 water/salt balance your body worked hard at creating. It's not about drinking more water, but more about drinkingrepparttar 150495 right fluids.

To Healthy Living!

Michael A. Smith, MD

Chief Medical Consultant

Diet Basics Website

Dr. Smith is a weight management and preventative medicine expert. He currently is the Chief Medical Consultant for the Diet Basics website. Please visit his site at www.weight-loss-professional.com

Low Carb Diet - The Way To Weight Loss?

Written by Josie Anderson

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Eating Carbs But Not Gaining Weight:

You can eat carbs and not gain weight. It is inrepparttar choice of carbohydrates that you consume that will makerepparttar 150460 difference. Including more vegetables and whole grains in your diet and eating less simple carbohydrates like sugars that are in soda, candy, processed and refined foods will help you in losing weight. Paying attention to portion sizes will also help. Pasta is an easy trap for eating to much carbohydrates. If you like pasta add vegetable to you dishes, since vegetables are good carbs and have fiber in them they will help fill you up faster. Eat a salad with every meal, but pay attention to what you put on your salad, stick to low fat versions of dressings, like Italian and Vinaigrettes. Creamy dressing when they are low fat can be loaded with sugars to take place ofrepparttar 150461 fat, so it is important to pay attention torepparttar 150462 nutritional values of dressings.

Another way of using carbs in your body is weight training. Weight Training requires your body to use carbs forrepparttar 150463 exercise and to repair muscles after your workout. Finding a requirement inrepparttar 150464 body forrepparttar 150465 carbs that you eat is a great way to userepparttar 150466 carbs that are consumed. By findingrepparttar 150467 requirement for use of carbs you do not need to worry so much on how many carbs that you consume but justrepparttar 150468 types of carbs. Always remember that no matter what sugars in abundance are not good for your body or your weight loss goals.

Josie Anderson is a personal trainer and is the owner of http://www.weight-loss-program-101.com providing weight loss resources to help with many weight loss goals and newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest in the health and fitness industry.

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