Three quarters of the human body consists of water -- an essential element to the proper function of every biological process. Supplying your body with enough water can also help you lose excess weight, including stubborn belly fat. There is no scientific evidence to support a person's ability to achieve "spot reduction" -- the loss of fat in a solitary region of the body. Drinking water, however, can facilitate an overall reduction of body fat, helping you to trim up problem areas such as the belly.
Fat loss occurs when you expend more calories than you take in over a period of time. Soft drinks and sugary beverages may contain hundreds of calories per serving, while a helping of pure water has none. Simply replacing sweeter drinks with water more often can net your body a weekly decrease of more than 1,000 calories. Over the course of a year, this caloric reduction translates into more than 10 lbs. of lost fat.
Your liver is the gland chiefly responsible for transforming fat into energy for the body. When your body is deprived of water, however, the liver is enlisted to supplement filtering responsibilities normally managed by other biological processes. Consequently, your body's metabolism of fat is slowed. By drinking eight glasses of water a day, which is roughly 2 quarts, you will help your body perform at optimum efficiency, enhancing your ability to lose fat.
Losing fat is best achieved through a combination of nutritional improvement and physical activity. Working out, however, will likely result in losing a significant amount of hydration through sweat. Sweat is also a channel used to expel certain waste products from the human body. Drinking water before, during and after a training session will supply your body with the liquid it needs to replace what is lost through perspiration. This fosters the state of balance needed to burn fat in the most productive manner possible.
Water helps your digestive system perform; it assists in breaking down the foods and beverages you consume into particles that your body can absorb. By keeping your body aptly supplied with water, you minimize the strain on your system that comes from trying to complete digestion while dehydrated. Water is also filling and can keep you from eating more food than your body needs to perform. This prevents you from creating a calorie surplus, which is stored by the body as fat.
- Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images
This article reflects the views of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views of Jillian Michaels or JillianMichaels.com.