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DAY#73 - Water Bed
I was shocked a few years ago when I learned that when you loose weight you loose it mostly through peeing. To me fat looks like it should be a solid wouldn't you poop it out? So much for the romanticized thought of taking a big pop and releasing a few pounds in one sitting.

In case you are thick like I was, fat comes out in liquid form. (What follows is my interpretation of what goes on. Feel free to correct me if I got it wrong.) Your body breaks fat down, uses it for energy and whatever by-products are left come out in liquid form. They come out via urination, sweating and saliva. Pretty much anyway that liquid leaves your body the unusable remains of your fat are expelled. These are called ketones and pretty much they are left over from your liver breaking down the fat into energy for your body to use. If you have ever been on a diet where you are burning a great deal of your own body fat you may taste them in you mouth or smell them on your breath. (nasty)

Pretty much this happens cause our bodies are amazing machines and they can switch from burning glucose to fat. Usually we burn glucose cause we consume so many carbs, but when we limit ourselves our bodies can turn into fat burning machines. When we first do this cause our bodies are not used to burning fat they are not as efficient and the result is waste (ketones) as time goes on the body gets better at burning fat and the ketones that we release lessen.

As a rule of thumb you should be drinking at least 1 oz of water for every 2lbs you weigh a day. This will enable your body to have enough water to carry out all of the garbage it is creating by burning fat. So if i weigh 280lbs I need to drink a minimum of 140oz. of water. That is more than a gallon a day. If I don't drink enough water then my body can't get rid of it's waist properly and I may not loose the weight I want to. (My goal is to drink at least 1 1/2 gallons a day)

To go along with that, studies published in the last two years say that our bodies burn up to 3 times as much weight while we sleep as they do any other time during the day. So I have been trying to purposefully get more sleep. Going to bed a little earlier every night to take advantage of my prime weight loss time. And knowing that I need water to carry out the garbage I drink 32 oz of water before I go to bed and if I get up in the middle of the night to pee I drink another 32 oz in the middle of the night. Gotta keep the garbage moving out. Maybe I should invest in a water bed?

[2010-05-27]
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