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?The more you drink the more you lose?

I had a 1 lb weight loss last week and drank at least 4 lt per day. I've been on holiday for half term this week and barely managed 2 lt per day and lost 4 lb. ( not counting coffees etc) Was it a fluke? Can you drink too much? They always say the more you drink the more you lose. Anyone got any thoughts on that? Thanks x
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Loving the Cambridge Diet
That theory has never been proven. Someone emailed Cambridge about this a couple of weeks ago

The body needs water to rid itself of the processes of ketosis, though.

I am on 5L per day now.

Your body will still lose weight as fast/slow as it wants to though



Loving the Cambridge Diet
This is the question and answer from Cambridge Head Office -

Question:- "I am aware CD recommend a minimum of 4 pints of water per day. I see on various forums many CDCs advocating 4 - 6 litres or more per day. Do Cambridge endorse this? As CDCs are actively suggesting this quantity, saying "The more you drink the more you shrink" is there any scientific proof that this is beneficial?"

"As far as the water is concerned, we have no connection with that
phrase, as I am sure you are aware, the forum chat is not endorsed by
the company.
We recommend a minimum of two and a half litres daily, when using any
programme, particularly sole source.
However, once established on the diet, it is perfectly acceptable to
consume three to four litres daily.
Some people, particularly those who were drinking large amounts before
dieting, can drink more than that without any problems.
Everyone's requirement is different.
The thing to remember is to drink the water regularly throughout the
It is not a good idea to go for long periods of the day without
drinking, and then consume large amounts"



Loving the Cambridge Diet
Forgot to say that regardless of the amount of water I drink the ketosis still gives me the manky mouth and the death breath!!

Thanks for the really good reply, couldn't have asked for a better answer. I always said northerners were great. ( I'm a geordie living in south yorks). Thanks a lot. heffa x
The reason they say "the more you drink the more you shrink" is that higher water levels mean your kidneys work at optimum level, and your liver (which normally helps your kidneys) has a chance to sort out your fat!


Hi there

This information oF courtesy of ICEMOOSE from his thread:

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!!!!

Daisydee x
Just to confirm that drinking water is great for you and I think everyone agrees.

The official line from Cambridge is a minimum of 2.25 litres of water but a lot of counsellors (including myself!) will agree that people who drink around 3 to 4 litres seem to show overall better losses.

If you are unsure how much to drink then as with all medical queries your GP is the best source of information as he/her can take into consideration factors that your counsellor, us on here and even Cambridge head office can't be aware of.


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