Water & Weight Loss

Written by Michael A. Smith, MD

Many studies overrepparttar years have shownrepparttar 150485 benefits of drinking water. In reference to losing weight,repparttar 150486 greatest benefit isrepparttar 150487 positive affect water has on your metabolic rate.

Water promotes a thermogenic state, which in return increases your metabolic rate. The faster your metabolism,repparttar 150488 slower your propensity to gain weight.

But is it really water that I am talking about? No. What I am really referring to is hydration. The human body works hard at keeping a certain amount of water and salt in your tissues relative torepparttar 150489 amount of water and salt in your blood.

Proper hydration is a reflection ofrepparttar 150490 correct balance of water and salt that exists between your blood andrepparttar 150491 surrounding tissues. Your diet should help your body sustainrepparttar 150492 correct amount of water and salt in your blood and not disruptrepparttar 150493 existing balance between your blood and tissues.

Let me explain...

Water & Salt Balance

True hydration is sustaining an amount of water in your blood relative to your tissues that reflectsrepparttar 150494 overall water and salt balance your body works at creating. Looking atrepparttar 150495 graphic, fluids that cause water to move out of your blood or into your blood are not ideally hydrating.


Salt Moves Water

For a fluid that you drink to be hydrating it should have little effect on moving water. Water will always move torepparttar 150496 environment withrepparttar 150497 higher amount of salt. Looking again atrepparttar 150498 three possible "tonicity" states, which one isrepparttar 150499 most hydrating?

Hypotonic Fluid -- This dilutes your blood and nowrepparttar 150500 surrounding tissues have more salts. Water moves out of your blood and intorepparttar 150501 tissues whererepparttar 150502 greatest amount of salt resides. This re-establishesrepparttar 150503 water/salt balance.

Low Carb Diet - The Way To Weight Loss?

Written by Josie Anderson

Everybody you know is onrepparttar latest weight loss bandwagon: The Low Carb Diet. They’ve seenrepparttar 150460 astounding results onrepparttar 150461 scale and have lost 10+ pounds in a short period of time. So you want to join in on this also?

Before You Start Take Time to Look at Howrepparttar 150462 Body Works with Carbs:

It is true thatrepparttar 150463 weight that is lost starting out onrepparttar 150464 low carb diet is a lot in a short period of time, but most ofrepparttar 150465 weight that is lost is water and carbs that are stored in your body. Carbohydrates are stored inrepparttar 150466 muscles. Each gram of a carbohydrate that is stored inrepparttar 150467 muscle is also stored with 3 grams of water. When you cut out carbohydrates your body usesrepparttar 150468 stored carbohydrates in your muscles for fuel. As these carbs are used uprepparttar 150469 water that is stored with them is taken out also, sorepparttar 150470 result is weight loss atrepparttar 150471 beginning of a low carb diet and some inches lost due torepparttar 150472 depletion of carbohydrate stores in your body. Asrepparttar 150473 carbs and water leaverepparttar 150474 musclesrepparttar 150475 muscles become depleted and loses volume.

Once carbs are added back intorepparttar 150476 dietrepparttar 150477 muscle take up these carbs along with water, so ifrepparttar 150478 carbs are reintroduced intorepparttar 150479 diet in a couple days timerepparttar 150480 initial weight that was lost will be regained.

Your brain requires carbs for energy also. The brain uses 400 calories a day just forrepparttar 150481 standard thought process of staying alive. So this is 100 grams of carbs a day that is required for one body function. Any movement that you do for longer than 3 minutes requires carbs to be used for energy.

When carbs become scarce your body goes into a state of ketosis, that isrepparttar 150482 process ofrepparttar 150483 body breaking down fat into ketones forrepparttar 150484 brain to use as energy because not enough glucose is available forrepparttar 150485 brain. The results of this can be loss in energy, fatigue, irritability and a slower thought process. Thus affecting your ability at work or school.

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