We all know how important water is to human life. It is the basic necessity of life and so it is crucial to keep yourself hydrated for staying healthy. Even when following a weight loss diet plan, it is essential to drink plenty of water. Water not only transports nutrients and oxygen to different parts of the body but also boosts energy to perform different activities. But overdoing this can even backfire and hinder your weight loss plan. Yes, that is right, excessive guzzling of water can even make you fat.
Water retention in the body
Sometimes, the extra fat that you notice in your body is partly water weight. If you consume excessive water in one go, rather than having it throughout the day, your kidneys will not be able to keep up to it. They will not be able to remove the excess of water from the body. Excessive intake of fluids also imbalances the electrolytes in the body. Moreover, if the diet you follow is high in sodium and low in potassium, your chances to retain water increases.
If the water you consume is not purified then might get exposed to pollutants. As per a study published in the journal “Obesity” in 2010, some persistent organic pollutants can be lead to weight gain.
Other disadvantages of having an excess of water
Excess intake of water can also lead to another health problem called “hyponatremia”. This condition occurs when a person drinks lots of water in a short period of time. Hyponatremia causes your blood and electrolytes to become diluted and it may lead to nausea, vomiting, confusion, and swelling of the brain.
How much water you should consume in a day
There is no fixed amount of water a person should drink in a day. The quantity depends on a variety of factors such as weight, activity, and environment. As per science, women should consume at least 3 liters of water every day and men should consume 3.5 liters of water every day.