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Natural Weight Loss

Lesson #3

Water And Healthy Weight Loss

“Our body consists of 65% to 70% water.”

Water is by far the #1 nutrient in our diet and absolutely essential for our survival and drinking enough water every day is directly responsible for optimal health and successful weight loss.

Got it?… It’s pretty simple, right?

Yet despite this obvious fact that drinking enough water is important for us, dehydration remains one of the most common and often overlooked issues responsible for poor health in our modern society. Alcohol, coffee, tea, and soft drinks have become the primary choice for satisfying thirst, and the concern is that the main effect of these beverages, is to remove water – the most important substance in the body – from the blood, cells, and organs.

Mild dehydration can occur quickly and cause fatigue and a loss of focus. If it gets more severe, it can cause things like cramping, headaches and eventually constipation. Staying hydrated is particularly important for anyone who is trying to achieve a healthy weight loss, as it improves the digestive system and therefore allows your body to burn stored fats in a more efficient way. Drinking water is basically a great way to flush your system of toxins (aka collected junk). It also helps reduce fluid retention and decreases the appetite. In fact, people often mistake thirst for hunger, so if you feel like a snack, try first drinking a glass of water. Very often, this satisfies the craving and stops you from unnecessary snacking on the food you may not even need.

How Much Water Is Enough?

The standard consensus among health professionals are six to eight – 8-oz glasses a day are needed for proper hydration. Eating a plant-based diet and including more fruits and vegetables every day is another way to offset your water shortage. Raw fruits and vegetables have a high volume of water in them, so your body is getting a good part of the hydration it needs from these beautiful foods alone. An apple is 84 percent water, an orange is 87 percent, and a tomato contains 97 percent water!

Listen To Your Body

You don’t have to obsess about the exact amount of water you should drink if you listen to your body and observe how you feel, if you pay attention, it will tell you what it needs. A visual sign of dehydration to watch out for is the color of your urine. It should be clear or at most a light yellow. If you have not just taken vitamins that contain riboflavin (or nutritional yeast), and your urine is a bright to dark yellow, you very well may be dehydrated.

A sensible and easy way to meet your water needs is to just keep water around you and instead of trying to count glasses, take regular drinks all through the day when you feel thirsty. If you stay away from the caffeinated and sugary drinks and the high sodium processed foods, all of which dehydrate you, you will find it easy to meet your water needs.

Can You Drink Too Much Water?

Sure, there can be dangers in drinking too much water. Too much water in a short period of time will dilute your sodium and other electrolytes to a point where your normal body functions are affected. This would require a lot of water and is not normally a concern, except maybe after losing salts while doing a long, intensive exercise, like running.

assignment

DRINK LOTS OF WATER at least 1-2 liters per day and continue eating a whole food plant-based diet.

Raw fruits and vegetables are high in water content but low in calories, which means you can eat as much as you care for and still lose weight, have tons of energy and feel great!  Here are our top ten Whole Plant-Based Foods that will help you feel better, live better and lose weight. We encourage you to eat the following in plentiful amounts…

Top 10 Whole Plant-Based Foods:

  • WATERMELON
    (Or any melon for that matter!) 
  • BANANAS 
    (Bananas contain about 75% water!)
  • BERRIES 
    (Packed full of anti-oxidents that children love too!) 
  • ZUCCHINI 
    (Low in sugar and high in water content!) 
  • CUCUMBERS 
    (Full of pectin greta for your skin!) 
  • GRAPEFRUIT 
    (Cellulite fighter!) 
  • PINEAPPLE 
    (Great to battle inflammation) 
  • MANGOS 
    (So good!) 
  • TOMATOES 
    (Packed with vitamins!) 
  • LEAFY GREENS 
    (Amazing source of protein!) 

Keep in mind, this whole food plant-based lifestyle is not based on restriction but based on abundance. After you begin eating more raw fruits and vegetables, with their higher fiber and moisture content, you may start to lose weight and feel more energy.

Conclusion

By eating more water-rich raw food, as well as drinking pure water throughout the day, your body will reach a balance point that will bring you to new levels of both physical and mental energy, and a healthier life.

Dedicated to your health and wellbeing,

P.S. Be sure to comment on each of the lessons if you’re left with any questions!

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