Does Water Flush Out Fat?
You’ve probably always heard it—whether it was from your mom or on an advertisement—Water flushes out fat.
But does it? If water really flushes out fat, why isn’t it being sold at absurd prices as the miracle solution many tout it to be?
Well, if you stocked up on gallons of H2O with the hopes it will grant your bikini body wishes—you’ll be a little let down. Okay, a lot.
It’s a great diet assistant, but it’s not a genie in a bottle.
Water is totes necessary to live—we can only survive a few days without it. It carries out a lot of processes we need to live, but it doesn’t specifically attack or flush out freeloading fats from your body.
It won’t wash away saddle bags or crush cellulite. But it will do a lot of things that aid in your weight loss goals, so don’t write it off, fit friend!
Water Flushes out Water
They say two wrongs don’t make a right and opposites attract, but in this case, we’ve got the opposite: water can help get rid of excess water. This is because a dehydrated body will hold onto water which is evident in bloated fingers and ankles. You may even notice your pants fitting a little tighter with fluid retention. If you ‘water’ your body, it won’t hang onto excess fluid because it ‘knows’ you’re taking good care of it and there is no need to keep some excess water around ‘just in case’. Don’t underestimate the intelligence of our bodies.
Water Flushes out Waste Products
H20 plays a crucial role in removing waste from the body. When fat is used as energy it is broken down through several processes and absorbed. But there will always be waste products that the body doesn’t need. Your body and its organs uses water to filter out waste and help it exit through the bladder or through the intestines. Thanks, body.
H2O Helps You Feel Fuller
It doesn’t take a genius or a science article to understand why. H2O fills you up. It takes up space in your stomach and alleviates hunger pangs. Should you ‘eat’ water to lose weight? Wait, what?—NO. But if you have a glass before you eat you’ll likely eat less.
Water Helps Metabolize Fat
Ok, so we got to the part you’ve been waiting for –the association of water to fat. Studies show decreasing your H2O intake increases fat deposits, and increasing water will reduce them. How? Because of our filtering friends the kidneys and liver.
The kidneys need water to work. When they don’t have enough, some of their job is dumped onto the liver—like that co-worker whose work you do because she ‘never has enough time’ Shhhyeah, but she has time to Facebook. Ah, moving on.
The liver’s role is to metabolize stored fat into energy, but if it’s busy with the dehydrated kidney’s work it can’t metabolize as much, so you get stuck with more fat. Leave the liver alone and drink water.
The amount of water you drink depends on your size, if you’re bigger-drink more. That simple.
H2O Helps Muscles Contract and Get Toned
You’ve had the dehydrated cramps in your muscles before. It is terrible. It happens because water helps deliver nutrients, electrolytes and oxygen to your muscles so they are fully fueled and able to contract. You lack the water to facilitate the contractions, you lack a workout that can give you toned muscles.
So there you have it, tell your mom, your friends, the world—water does NOT flush out fat, but it does help so many other critical processes that can aid in weight loss and increased health. Got your learnin’ in for the day? Go you. Now hit the gym—bring water.
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