Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off.  Although most of us take it for granted, water may be the only true “magic potion” for permanent weight-loss.

Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.  Studies show that a decrease in water uptake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits.

Why? The kidneys can’t function properly without enough water.  When the kidneys don’t function to capacity, some of the workload is taken on by the liver.  The liver’s primary function is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy.  If the liver has to do some of the kidneys work, it can’t function to its optimal capacity. As a result, it metabolizes less fat.  More fat remains stored and weight-loss/fat stops.

The best way to overcome water retention is to give the body more water.  The body will then release the stored water.  Diuretics only offer temporary relief of water retention.

If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be your problem.  The more salt you eat the more water the body will hold.  It holds onto water to dilute the salt because the body can only tolerate so much sodium.  To get rid of sodium, drink more water.  Water will remove sodium as it passes through the kidneys.

Water helps to maintain muscle by giving it the natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.  Remember, your muscles are primarily made up of water.

How much water is enough?  On the average a person should drink eight 8 ounce glasses every day.  However, the overweight person needs one additional glass for every 25 pounds of excess weight. The amount of water should be increased if you exercise in hot or dry climates.  The water should be cold.  Cold water is absorbed more quickly by the body.