How would you like to know an astonishingly simple and incredibly easy way for virtually anyone to instantly accelerate their fat burning metabolism and improve their appearance over night?
No, this isn’t some gimmicky weight loss supplement, fancy workout gizmo or “top secret” dieting strategy…
It’s actually very straightforward and seemingly obvious, yet it works like a charm.
Here it is…
Drink more water!
You’ve probably already been told time and time again that you should be drinking “plenty” of water each day... but do you actually realize just how beneficial water consumption is to your bottom line fat burning results, muscle building progress and overall appearance?
It’s hugely important, and if you aren’t someone who pays close attention to the amount of water that you drink each day, you are definitely short-changing your progress.
Let me lay out the points for you to see…
1) Water increases strength and performance in the gym.
Research has shown that being even slightly dehydrated can decrease strength and physical performance significantly. In fact, merely a 3-4% drop in your body's water levels will lead to a 10-20% decrease in muscle contractions.
When it comes to intense weight training and cardio sessions in the gym, it is critical that your strength and energy levels are always at their best.
2) Water helps to prevent injuries.
Hard weight training and cardio over a long period of time can put unwanted stress on your joints and connective tissues. Water helps to fight against this stress by lubricating the joints and forming a protective "cushion" around them.
3) Water improves digestion.
Large macronutrients such as protein, carbohydrates and fats require water in order to be broken down into their smaller, usable components.
In order to ensure that your body is properly utilizing all of the nutrients from the foods you eat, you must ensure that your water intake is high.
4) Water directly increases the fat burning metabolism.
One of the primary jobs of the liver is to metabolize fat. However, another one of the liver’s duties is to assist the kidneys, whose main function is to flush out waste products through the urine.
When your water intake is less than optimal, these waste products will accumulate in the body and will force both the kidneys and the liver to work additionally hard to clear out the waste.
When you deprive your body of water, you actually force your liver to divert its “focus” away from burning fat and instead onto assisting the kidneys. As a result, your body's rate of fat burning will decrease.
5) Increased water consumption decreases water retention.
When your water intake is low, your body responds by holding on to a greater amount as a natural survival response. All of that water will end up in the places you want it least: your face, arms, stomach, butt, thighs, and everywhere else you can think of.
You can actually force your body to slim down slightly in just a matter of days by increasing your water intake. Since your body will now be provided with a constant external source of water, it will no longer have any incentive to store excessive amounts.
Everything we’ve covered so far should be plenty of incentive to start paying close attention to the amount of water that you drink every day. If you want to achieve the best results possible, you must ensure that you are adequately hydrated at all times.
So how much water is enough?
As a good general guideline, take your overall bodyweight in pounds and multiply it by 0.6. The resulting figure is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking each day.
It may sound like a lot, but once you get used to it it will simply become a regular habit. For the first few days you'll probably find yourself running to the bathroom quite frequently, but this is simply a result of the body releasing its excess retained water. After a few days this will no longer be a problem.
And remember, if you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. You should never gauge your water intake based on how thirsty you feel.
In fact, if you’re consuming the proper amount of water that your body needs to function optimally, you should virtually NEVER feel thirsty throughout a regular day.
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About the Author:
Once an awkward, out-of-shape "social outcast", Sean Nalewanyj is now a renowned fat loss and muscle building expert, best-selling fitness author, and creator of the wildly popular online fat loss program: "The Real Deal Body Transformation System". Learn how to burn fat and lose weight quickly, safely and permanently by visiting: www.HowToBurnFat.com.