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Ask the expert: can I lose weight by having more water?

If you are looking to lose weight, feel energised, think clearly and have better gut health, drink up

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12 Aug 2016 | 12:00 am

How important is water for fat loss? Why do nutritionists recommend three litres per day for weight loss?

I advise people to have three-four litres of water a day, whether they are thirsty or not. Let me explain why.

Most of us these days have stopped identifying with thirst. We don’t generally feel thirsty, and cannot distinguish between thirst and hunger. Plus we are constantly in an air-conditioned environment, which makes the situation worse.

Water is loaded with minerals, and staying hydrated throughout the day aids us a lot. It helps with appetite control, allows our body to perform all functions efficiently, helps with mental clarity, keeps our digestive tract clean and helps in better absorption and transfer of nutrients through cells.

Dehydration is one of the key reasons people find it difficult to drop fat. When you don’t have enough water, your kidneys have to work very hard to do their job. This puts an extra load on your liver to do the kidney’s job. The liver is where 80 per cent of your fat metabolism takes place – if it is overworked, it won’t be able to perform its main job.

So if you are looking to lose weight, feel energised, think clearly and have better gut health, drink up. Go for a brand that has low sodium.

The first two weeks may be difficult, but once your kidneys learn to process more water and your body gets back in touch with identifying thirst, you will begin noticing a change.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.