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The Importance of Drinking Water While You Are Low Carbing It

It is extremely important that you drink at least 64 oz (approx. 2 litres) of water per day, and it is suggested that you drink an additional 8 oz (approx. 250 ml) for every 25 pounds (approx. 11.5 kg) over your ideal weight. During hot weather, and any physically strenuous activity, you should drink even more. As Donald Robertson, an American doctor, explains:

"Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits. This is because the kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolise stored fat into usable energy for the body. But, if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work, it can't operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolises less fat, more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water it perceives this as a threat to survival, and begins to hold onto every drop. Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs - more water. Only then will stored water be released. The overweight person needs more water than the thin one.

Water helps maintain proper muscle tone. It does this by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. It also helps prevent the sagging skin that usually follows weight loss.

During weight loss, the body has a lot more waste to get rid of - all that metabolised fat must be shed. Again, adequate water helps flush out the waste.

When the body gets too little water, it siphons what it needs from internal sources. The colon is one primary source. This can result in constipation, which is normally alleviated when enough water is drunk."

While drinking 64 ounces of water everyday may sound like an easy task, it can get a little boring. What I suggest is adding the jouce of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitiman C and elctrolites that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if oyu get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

Low Carb Sugar Free Coconut Macaroons
Makes approximately 16 servings

1 cup shredded coconut - unsweetened
7 Tb sp.Steviva Blend or equivalent
2 egg whites
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1. Mix cream with Steviva Blend or equivalent and extracts. Add coconut and mix well. Let stand for 1 hour. If mixture feels dry to the touch after 1 hour, add a little more cream.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

3. Whip egg whites until peaks form. Fold into coconut. Using a teaspoon, place a small amount of coconut mix onto a well greased cookie sheet, repeating to make approximately 16 cookies. Bake until slightly browned (usually 12-15 minutes). If tops have not browned in 15 minutes, you can place them under the broiler for a few minutes (watch them carefully!) Allow to cool before serving.

Carbohydrates per Serving (0ne Cookie) : 1.89 - Carbohydrates per Serving minus Fiber: 1.01

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