Why Drinking Water is So Important While on the hCG Diet

By Sonia Russell
It is important to understand how essential water is in order to reach your weight loss goals while on the HCG diet plan or any weight loss program. In fact, this remains true for anyone, whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or maintain your current weight! It is a known fact that we all should be following the "8 x 8 rule" which is drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day in order for our bodies to maintain optimal function. We all know we cannot survive without water, but just why is it so important? Here are some key factors that may help you understand why water is your essential life-force.

. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. . In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger. . Even MILD dehydration can slow down metabolism as much as 3%. . One 8 ounce glass of water consumed before each meal will help decrease appetite and you will eat less. . One glass of water may shut down midnight hunger for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study. . If you don't drink enough water, your body may actually store water in response to your body's survival mechanism and you may not see the results you had expected on the scale. . When your body breaks down fat reserve, water helps the kidneys remove the waste produced from the excess fat reserve and eliminate it from the body.

. Water assists in the excretion of waste from the bowel and kidneys and may help prevent constipation which is common with high protein diets. . Lack of water is the number 1 cause of daytime fatigue. . Water assists in digestion and the absorption of nutrients in food so while on a low calorie diet you will maintain the proper nourishment needed to your tissues and organs.

These tips should be convincing enough that drinking water is one of the key elements to achieving successful weight loss. If you have difficulty drinking water or find that it is just not satisfying, then try adding lemon or make iced tea instead. Herbal teas are a natural diuretic and highly recommended while on the HCG Diet Protocol.

In summary, to maintain optimal health and to assist in managing your weight issues, drink more water. Consider keeping a bottle of water at your side at work, on your nightstand and in the car.
Sonia Russell has been a nurse for over 12 years and has coached thousands of patients on the new 800 calorie hCG diet protocol. She is a co-author of the book "The Best Diet You Have Never Heard Of”.

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