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Water – it is part of the diet, but I have given this its own section because well it deserves the attention.  We have all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water per day.  Why is that?  Did you know that 8 glasses a day can keep fat away?  Incredible as it may seem, water is a very important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off.  Water is essential in keeping the urinary tract system healthy and in discharging toxins from the body.
If you are dieting, drink water.  If you are exercising, drink water.
If you are relaxing with a massage, drink water.
Water suppresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat.  Studies have shown that an increase in water can actually reduce fat deposits.  The overweight person needs more water than a thinner person.  Larger people have larger metabolic loads.  Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the overweight person needs more water.  Water helps to maintain proper muscle tone by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration.  It also helps to prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss – shrinking cells are buoyed by water, which plumps the skin and leaves in clear, healthy and resilient. 
Water helps rid the body of waste.  During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of – all that metabolized fat must be shed.  Again, adequate water helps flush this way.
Water can help relieve constipation.  When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources.  The colon is one primary source.  Result?  Constipation.  But, when a person drinks enough water, normal bowel function usually returns.  Remember that a healthy colon is usually a sign of a healthy life.
How much water is enough?  On the average, a person should drink eight 8 ounce glasses every day.  That is about 2 oz. of water every half hour – this may be easier for you folks that do not like to drink water – add some lemon or cucumber to give a little added flavor.  However, the overweight person needs an additional glass for every 25 lbs of excess weight.  The amount you drink also should be increased if you exercise briskly. 
Water should preferable be cool.  It is absorbed into the system more quickly than warm water.  There is some evidence that drinking cool water can actually help burn calories! When the body gets the water it needs to function optimally, its fluids are perfectly balanced.  When this happens, you have reached the “break-through point.”  What does this mean?  Your endocrine-gland function improves, fluid retention is alleviated as stored water is lost, more fat is used as fuel because the liver is free to metabolize stored fat, natural thirst returns, there is a loss of hunger almost overnight.  If  you stop drinking enough water, your body fluids will be thrown out of balance again, and you may experience fluid retention, unexplained weight gain and loss of thirst.  To remedy this situation you will have to go back and force another “break-through”