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Does Water Affect Weight?

Stew Smith, CSCS

Too much water – How much is too much? I tackled this one a few years ago when a water drinking contest on the radio actually caused someone to die from water intoxication. That person had downed nearly two gallons within a short period of time (less than 2 hours). This caused her body to shut down causing kidney failure as well as electrolyte imbalances that affect all organ function. Many endurance athletes have died from the same issues, however they sweat profusely and re-hydrated with ONLY water and had the same electrolyte imbalances that caused death. When drinking water after sweating profusely, you should consider foods or supplements with electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc) so that does not happen.

I like to eat a can of chicken noodle soup after a workout where I lose 5-7 lbs of water through sweating – it can happen in humid or arid environments. The chicken noodle soup (especially kids double noodle style) can offer several hundred milligrams of sodium and potassium – much more than sports drinks. See related article – Too Much Water

Another question to ask is “HOW does water affect weight loss?” Over the course of a 10 day period, you can see significant weight loss by adding water to your daily intake. So, let’s see for ourselves. (try at own risk)

Take a 10 Day Challenge – Below is a chart that will take you through a ten day extra water consuming process to show you that a few quarts of water a day will make you feel better, make skin look better, make you less hungry, and best of all help you release water that is retained in your body’s cells – perhaps you will lose some weight.

Weigh yourself in the morning after using the bathroom and in the evening after dinner

Try adding 2-3 quarts a day for men and 1-2 quarts a day for women and let’s see what happens!!!

NOTE – if you are already consuming the above amounts there is no need to try this 10 Day Challenge or add more water to your diet.


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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I love my H2O more than anything and drink a ton of it!

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    rambot7

    almost 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    Love my H2O...Drink all day during my tour...

  • Titpaint_max50

    LPD347

    almost 5 years ago

    512 Comments

    Big believer in water consumption...especially since I spent 5 1/2 years (8hrs/day, 5 days/week) on motors in the North Texas heat...plus working out. I had a camelbak hydration system (100oz bladder) that I filled between 4-5 times a shift...

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