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How Much Water Should I Drink to Lose Weight? Find the Answer Here

How Much Water Should I Drink to Lose Weight? Find the Answer Here

Many people question ‘how much water should I drink to lose weight?’ and the answer is simple, yet it is backed by complexities correlated with human physiology, and that of many living organisms on Earth – some having up to 90% of their body weight comprised of water.

In this article, we’ll examine how much water you should drink to lose weight and water’s effectiveness on overall mental and physical health. I preface this article with

  • a) You will also need to apply an exercise regimen in order to expedite your weight loss results.
  • b) I think you should drink ‘finely’ filtered water or spring water to reap the most weight loss benefits – we’ll examine.

Human Body on Water

Everything is made of atoms. An atom is defined as the smallest particle of an element like oxygen or hydrogen. Atoms join together to form molecules. A water molecule has three atoms: two hydrogen (H) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom (“H2O”). One drop of water contains billions of water molecules. These water molecules are prevalent throughout our bodies as well, being that up to 60% of the human adult body is in essence water.

According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the human brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and lungs about 83% water. These are staggering figures when truly put into perspective; if you deprive yourself of water, not only are you not losing weight but you are depriving your vital organs, brain and heart.

I don’t know about you, but personally I like to move about this Earth with a fully ‘fueled’ brain and heart!

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Muscle Composition, Water and Weight loss

We examined water’s impact on the brain and heart, now consider that the human skin contains 64% water while muscles and kidneys are made up of 79%; even bones are watery at about 31%. Considering the muscles specifically in this, you can deduce that their water composition is of the utmost importance when wanting to lose weight.

Generally speaking, you will not only lose weight when optimally drinking water throughout the day but you’ll also build and regenerate muscle faster! Per pound of lean muscle, the average human will lose 50cal (calories) per day at maintenance – meaning with little to no activity. Of course, with no activity for too long of a period of time, that muscle won’t last, but that’s for a different article!

Anyways, let’s just say that more muscle means more calories you’ll burn per day, and that’s just more weight loss.

Water Quality and Cognitive Function

The quality of your water is a big factor in fueling your heart, organs and muscles with premium fuel. It also has a huge impact on cognitive function and your ability to build neural pathways, regenerate tissue and more – most of which occurs in the deep sleep (REM) state.

In order to lose weight and perform at your peak levels of brain function, I suggest consuming filtered water such as reverse osmosis water, natural spring water or, one I’ve been enjoying lately, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, which is direct from Iceland’s legendary 5,000 year old Ölfus Spring – then filtered through lava rock and balances at pH 8.4.

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I’ve actually had some water filtration sales people come to my home and pitch me on a $10,000 diamond and rock filtration system that is connected to my house! I declined having simply done some math on the cost of purchasing balanced water vs installation of the system. Plus, moving the system would have been a pain – but that’s beside the point.

Now you may be thinking, pfft look at this guy, this water snob! Please don’t get me wrong, I hear ya. But when we consider the importance of waters role in the overall function of the human mind and body, it’s undeniable that being a ‘water snob’ ain’t such a bad idea!

You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg for water, but I do suggest finding a local source of natural spring water and to avoid tap water, and even avoid filtering tap water with those water jugs. The issue I’ve found with those water jugs when running pH tests and more, is that they don’t filter entirely as they claim. Their filtration deteriorates over time which causes inconsistencies in the quality of your water consumption.

Water for Weight Loss

Since we’ve established that water quality plays a factor in weight loss, let’s now get into the straight goods: how much water should you drink to lose weight? This varies person to person, but let me start by saying that my intake as a 6ft 2 adult male 200lbs/90.7kg ranges between 3L – 5L per day. It depends on your height and weight as per my example, and also on activity level – which is why I prefaced this article by saying exercise is key and it doesn’t need to be much.

Exercise and weight loss are fundamentally hand in hand but that doesn’t mean you need to go deadlifting or squatting huge weight – you can take more walks throughout the day, hike or ride a bike; anything which makes you move consistently. In fact, in a recent youtube video I examined the question ‘how much cardio should I do to lose weight’:

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To coincide with your added levels of activity, you should aim to consume between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day. In my example I weight 200lbs, which would make my quality water intake goal to land between 100-200 ounces (2.95L – 6L) of water based on activity levels of the day.

Generally speaking, you will be drinking water throughout the day and keeping a water bottle near-by. Personally I like to use a large jug or large bottled water. And, let me give you the heads-up that you will pee often!

Intermittent Fasting and Water Consumption

I’ve established somewhat of a following around intermittent fasting, time restricted eating and maintaining a metabolic state known as ketosis. I’m not going to get too far into these things on this article because they are not entirely related to the primary topic of how much water one should drink. But I will add that applying intermittent fasting for weight loss will exponentially improve your results.[1] You may just want to apply it more long term than initially thought.

I personally intermittent fast or time restrict my eating at least 3-4 days of the week for many benefits that I’m sure we’ll discuss on future articles to come.

Closing Arguments

At this point, it should be overwhelmingly clear that drinking quality water consistently throughout the day is a no brainer!

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But, in case you’re not sold, let me just say that when you improve your water intake, the results are so rapid you’ll be shedding weight within the first day and seeing significant results by week 1.

So much so that you will be excited to keep getting those weight loss results and continue to become a water snob as time goes on. Good luck!

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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