Fat Loss Fundamental #1

Posted on February 7, 2012. Filed under: Nutrition | Tags: , , , , , , |

Drink water.

I'm not saying this us what's in bottled water. I'm merely asking what is the difference.

I have coached many people toward fat loss goals,  and will coach many more.   And so many times people come to me wanting some miracle cure, or crash diet, or 30 day result.  Yet more often than not, the basics they just ignore.

 

One of these basics is drinking water.

 

Whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, water is huge.  And I mean water.  Not coconut water, not Electro-Ade, nothing pre-flavored.  I mean actual good old fashioned, well filtered, water.

 

If you want to flavor the water yourself that’s fine.  I recommend lemon or cranberry for additional benefits.  In the end, water rules!

 

The first habit I focus on with a client is drinking enough water.  That’s before protein intake, calorie counting, any type of supplement, our first goal is water.  Why?  Let’s run down the list:

  1. Fat cells that are saturated with water release fats more easily.  And muscle cells that are full of water save proteins.  Which means staying hydrated makes it easier to burn fat and save muscle. (1)
  2. Exercising while dehydrated boosts cortisol and decreases natural growth hormone output (2,3)
  3. In  a diet study, the group that drank 500ml (about 2 cups of water) prior to meals lost 64% more fat than the group that did not (4)

 

The list can go on and on.  So what about water poisoning you might ask?

 

Water poisoning stems from an drinking to much water in too short a span of time.  Or drinking more water than your body is ready to handle.

 

When I increase a client’s water intake I do this gradually.  And I suggest using sea salt as a natural electrolyte to aid absorption if they feel water logged.

Just a pinch per Liter is all you need. A $6 bag lasts me 6 months

 

Remember, whatever your goal your long-term health should be a priority.  So drink to your health, and your body will thank you for it.  I said it once and I’ll say it again…

 

Water Rules!!

Keep Fitness Groovy,

Coach W

  1. Eur J Clin Nutr 2003 Dec;57 Suppl 2:S69-74.
  2. J Nutr. 2009 April; 139(4): 715–719.
  3. J Appl Physiol. 2008 Sep;105(3):816-24. Epub 2008 Jul 10.
  4. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Feb;18(2):300-7.
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Great article! I am guilty of not drinking enough water…thanks for the inspiration to try and drink more!

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The Taste of the Sink, while your eat leaning over the sink avoiding crumbs on your laminated oak panel flooring.


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