I heard that water is very important so take 4litres minimum and try to get to 5litres when I am not out of the office, its great for the hunger pangs too
Dont drink the water all together its important to spread it out as evenly over the day as possible to ensure you dont dilute too much the important salts in the body
I've similar goals to yourself, I'm hoping to do slightly more than a stone the first month and a stone a month after that. I dont want to set to ambitious of a target and be disappointed if I dont make it. At a minimum you should have a stone a half off in 6 weeks and hopefully more
Its a falacy that 'the more you drink the more you shrink'. So long as you are drinking enough to stay hydrated (2.5-3l or so) the rest will just come through you. It won't do you any harm at all (up to 20l a day is safe) and can help you stay full, but it won't make you lose weight any faster.
Your body can handle a constant supply of 900ml per hour water, totalling around 20l a day. Obviously most people couldn't get near that unless they spent the whole day in the loo! The problems arise if you try to 'down' say 5l in one go as it can dilute the salts and electrolytes in your body. Your body can cope with more than 900ml in an hour, but not consistently.
I couldn't work out how to do a link to this so I've just cut and I shall shortly paste! .. it's from one of the Stickies it explains about the water thing
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.
Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
Here's why: the kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidneys’ work, it can't operate at full throttle, so it metabolizes less fat. As a result, more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss comes to a stop.
Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less - water, it perceives it as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cells) and shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.
Diuretics offer a temporary solution, at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns.
The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs - plenty of water! Only then will stored water be released.
The overweight person needs more water than the thin one.
Larger individuals have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more water.
Water helps maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.
It also helps to prevent the sagging of skin that usually follows weight loss. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient.
Water helps the body get rid of waste.
During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of - all that metabolized fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.
Water can help relieve constipation.
When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one of these primary sources. Result - constipation. But, when an individual drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns.
So far, we’ve discovered some remarkable truths about water and weight loss:
· The body will not function properly and can’t metabolize stored fat efficiently without enough water. · Retained water shows up as excess weight. · To get rid of water, you must drink more water. · Drinking water is essential to weight loss.
How much water is enough?
On average, a person should drink eight 8-oz. glasses every day.
However, the overweight individual needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight.
The amount you drink should also be increased if you exercise briskly or if the weather is hot and dry.
It is preferable to drink cold water, which is absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water.
Some evidence suggests that drinking cold water can actually help burn more calories.
My recommendation to clients is 4 litres for ladies and 6 litres for bigger guys.
When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced and: · Endocrine-gland function improves · Fluid retention is alleviated · More fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat · Natural thirst returns · There is a loss of hunger, almost overnight
When I did the diet I put my quick and large losses down to the water, I also put the fact I have NEVER been hungry since Day 7 on the water I am drinking. Don't underestimate how much it helps you!!!
If it means finishing the diet earlier and with less pain then get glugging!!
Don't think of it as water!! Think of it as a fat attacking liquid!!!!