Weight loss and the water connection.
Whatever diet you choose it will inevitably mean cutting out many things that add to weight gain, whether you are on a low fat diet, calorie controlled diet, GI, GL, meat free, fat free, combination, etc, etc, but cutting out water must not be one of the things that you reduce, it is pointless and can be dangerous.
Most people on a controlled diet to lose weight are also chronically dehydrated
Too many people who are attempting to lose weight end up in a state of chronic dehydration because they don't want to drink water for fear that it will add water weight to their bodies, so they deliberately restrict the amount of water and other fluids that they drink, and this is a very big mistake indeed, admittedly they will lose some water weight in the first few days but then they will stall, for lack of water! they haven't lost any body fat at all but they have managed to put themselves in a state of chronic dehydration
By not drinking enough water you will slow your weight loss down signicanly
Dieters who reduce their water consumption actually impair their body's ability to metabolize fat In reality; being fully hydrated is a prerequisite to weight loss. If you want to lose weight, you have to give your body enough water so that it's no longer in a state of emergency. When the body is in a state of chronic dehydration, (or a state of emergency), it will not let go of fat supplies easily. It wants to hold on to everything it can eat or drink.
The only way to convince your body to let go of body fat, and start metabolizing body fat, is to drink a lot of water - enough water so that your body feels safe in letting go of unneeded calories
Caffeine is also another water-depleting drug. Consuming caffeine in any form, whether soft drinks or coffee or pills, creates a diuretic effect in your body, which means your body begins to eliminate water through urination, so before you ever start your diet you should make your mind up to stop taking in caffeine in any form and to cut out all Cola type drinks and sweet fizzy drinks of any kind, and replace them with water, drinking enough water will also reduce fluid retention.
Drinking water may be the most important ally to losing weight
Without enough water kidneys cannot function properly so as a result, some of their workload is diverted to the liver, and because metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver, and because the liver can't function at peak levels when taking on the added workload from the kidneys, less body fat is metabolized and more is stored. This leads to either weight gain or reaching a plateau of weight loss (stalling). Also by restricting your diet and eating less you are restricting your water intake further, since about 30% of the average person's water intake comes from the food they eat, so that's even more reason to raise our water intake.
When you consider water is calorie free, fat free, cholesterol free and is low in sodium it is nature's appetite suppressant, and it helps the body to metabolize fat. Current research shows that low water intakes yield an increase in fat deposits; conversely, a high water intake reduces the amount fat deposits.
But do not take this as a reason to drink more water in place of food, it can be dangerous, drinking enough water whilst following a sensible diet will work in harmony with each other to help you reach your goals.
Also, drinking water that has been through a water softener process can introduce undesired sodium into a person's diet. This can be dangerous and should be avoided at any cost.
Lack of water and your brain.
Here is another important thing to consider 85% of brain tissue is water and it must be kept hydrated at all times, if not it can lead to depression, give you headaches, cause confusion and have muddled thoughts, just a 1% drop in water to the brain can lead to a 10% drop in concentration and learning abilities, although you may not make the connection between your weight loss and lack of water to the brain, it can have a devastating effect on your diet, as many dieters connect their feeling of depression and headaches onto their diet and either give up or suffer unnecessarily.
Water and Constipation
Constipation is a fact of life for most dieters because of their lack of water intake, as the body becomes more and more dehydrated, digestion slows down and as the body doesn't get enough water, it takes what it needs from internal sources, he colon is a primary internal source. When this happens, constipation usually follows, if you increase your intake of water accordingly normal bodily functions will return: constipation and headaches are closely related when you are dehydrated.
Don't overdo the drinking of water, but aim to drink 8 to 10 glasses a day, and space them out throughout the day, don't wait until you feel thirsty, if you wait this long damage has already started. Start the day with litre of water before you do anything else and wait an hour before you eat anything, but always have a good breakfast, this is not the time to starve yourself!
Try to eat five times a day instead of the normal three times and drink a glass of water 10 minutes or so before your meals, this will help your stomach to feel satisfied and aid digestion and keep you internal organs functioning, and all of this will help with your weight loss. If you are contently hungry on your diet, change it, you should neither be hungry or thirsty whilst dieting, it's bad for you mentally, It's bad for your body and it's bad for your health.