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01-29-2002, 03:31 PM
I now bb's has do drink alot of water everyday bu actually I can complete a day without drinking 1 cup of water.Is water that essential for my muscles' growth(I drink water only while traininig)???

01-29-2002, 03:59 PM
you need to drink water. period. it's essential for life. and it does wonders for your body. it flushes out toxins, keeps your body hydrated, keeps your muscles hydrated, etc...

matter of fact, a friend of mine who doesn't drink water at all was hospitalized on sunday for kidney problems and the doctor said it was due to her not drinking much or any water.

i try to drink about 1-2 gallons a day. it seems like a lot, but with all the supplements going through my system i need that water to help flush the bad stuff out and cleanse me out. all this is just from what i've learned and experienced. you're probably going to get similiar responses from anyone else who decides to respond. just wanted to give you a heads up... take it easy.

Slim Schaedle
01-29-2002, 04:51 PM
Drink your water!

You taking creatine?

Drink your water anyway!


01-29-2002, 05:10 PM
I drink lots of water. One day I pissed every 15 min for about two hours straight. My boss was like WTF? when I kept walking into the bathroom.

01-29-2002, 05:11 PM
Why wouldn't you drink water anyway? Or at least some liquid.

That is just stupid.

Slim Schaedle
01-29-2002, 10:29 PM

01-30-2002, 03:04 AM
If your don't drink water you'll go into a catabolic state. Drink your water.

01-30-2002, 06:19 AM
1 gallon of water per day might seem like a lot, but really isn't. Just make yourself 8 ounces per hour everyday and you'll be drinking a gallon+ a day.

Big Show
01-30-2002, 07:48 AM
Originally posted by YatesNightBlade
If your don't drink water you'll go into a catabolic state. Drink your water.

:eek: Yates are you serious,I never knew that.Could either you or someone else tell me how/why you go into a catabolic state from not drinking enough water

01-30-2002, 07:55 AM
Think of our body as a car engine. If you don't keep the engine oiled(body hydrated) it will basically destroy itself.

**Just a guess**

01-30-2002, 08:40 AM
It's long, but informative. I drink about 2 gallons a day. Water makes you cool. lol

Water: Essential for Fat Loss,
Muscle Building, and Health

I know that you've heard this before, but drinking a lot of water is actually one of the few bits of conventional wisdom that is actually true for increased fat loss. Many of you will insist that water is bland, boring, or tasteless and that you can't possibly drink 6-8 glasses per day. On the other hand, some of you may wonder what I'm talking about as you naturally drink that much water or more. However you view water, once you realize how essential it is to losing weight, building muscle, and keeping healthy you will definately take every chance you have to drink more of it!
H2O, further known as water is essential for life. It is our most important nutrient surrounding and filling every cell within us. Approximately sixty percent of our body is occupied by water weight and it is needed for nearly every body function. Having enough water is essential for our bodies to operate at their optimum potential. We lose about a liter of water per day just through our skin and lungs (and that amount can easily triple if you are consistently working out). If you're not getting enough, your body will not be metabolizing fat and digesting food as efficiently, your heart may be overworked, and on a hot day, there is danger of heat stroke. This is why your body constantly regulates water. Since water is lost throughout the day by body functions and sweating, it must replenished.

Water is also a very important factor for helping us to build muscle and lose fat. There are at least ten main reasons that make this true.

1. Keytones, a natural byproduct of fat burning, are flushed out of the body through urine. Drinking water helps to flush them out, thereby improving the fat burning process.
2. If you're a bodybuilder on a protein diet, water has an additional importance. One of the chief byproducts of protein metabolism is urea. Water helps to flush this out.
3. While there is question on whether water is anabolic, there is no doubt of its anti-catabolic effects. Dehydration stimulates catabolic (muscle destroying) hormones and increases the cortisol response to exercise.
4. An additional reason to keep your muscles well hydrated is based on the theory of cell-volumization. When your muscles cells are fluid-filled, an anabolic stimulus is generated and more nutrients enter your muscle cells.
5. Your digestion and metabolism--two factors we are concerned with in controlling weight--are greatly impaired without enough water. However, if you are drinking enough, you ensure that your metabolism and digestive system is working to its full potential.muscle requires more water.
6. You can help curb your appetite when you drink 6-8 glasses per day because of water's filling effect. If your stomach is full, it can help you not to overeat.
7. Sometimes dehydration can signal your body to eat because breaking down food releases water. Don't be fooled when really your body is asking for water! This is a phenomenon that can be controlled if you're getting enough water.
8. Increased workout performance results when your body is fully hydrated to meet the physical demands you are placing on it. You may have seen bodybuilders at the gym with a 2 gallon milk carton full of water...they are smart. You can truly maximize your body's potential from this simple addition to your workout, especially if you're doing an aerobic workout where you are sweating a lot.
9. Surprise! Your muscle is 70% water. Fat is only 25% water. By drinking water, you add muscle weight, allowing the muscle to work more efficiently, which in turn burns fat. It only makes since that the more muscle you gain, the more water you require! The higher your activity level, the more calories your muscles burn, and your needs for water become greater to maintain your muscles.
10. When you're more fit, you burn calories at a higher rate because your muscles store more glycogen, a form of carbohydrate that is used for energy. Every gram of glycogen requires and holds about 3 grams of water. So, again, water is essential to your energy and calorie burning.

By the time thirst is experienced, your body is already in slight dehydration. Don't let that happen. Become self-aware of your water needs and drink enough so that your body doesn't have to tell you it's thristy...become so in-tune that you drink water even before you "need it". You can accomplish this simply by avoiding going extended periods without drinking water. In other words, drink it throughout the day and you'll be fine. It's better to drink moderate amounts throughout the day rather than the other extreme of drinking a lot all at once. Too much water at one time and your body will simply flush it out because it doesn't need it at that time. You'll end up not getting the water you need even though technically you drank enough...so spread it out!
Researchers and just about everyone will tell you that you must consume 6-8 glasses of water daily (or more). It doesn't hurt you to drink more water than you need throughout the day, as your body will just do away with the excess. I hope I've convinced you of the importance of drinking enough water! Just remember, you will burn fat and calories more effectively, more efficiently rid the body of toxins and waste, improve your metabolism, and increase the energy available to your muscles by keeping your body's water needs satisfied.

Here's a few tips that may help you accomplish this goal.

Drink your first big glass right when you wake up. Have two glasses while you workout. Have another glass during lunch and a glass between lunch and dinner. Drink a glass during dinner and one more later in the evening. It's easy! As your activity and water needs increase, add a glass or two into your day.
Carry water with you at all times.
Drink large amounts while or after working out and with supplement intake.
Try different brands of bottled water.
Make sure your 6-8 glasses of water consumption is fresh water. Coffee, soda, juice, etc. do not count toward your intake requirements.
Try making your water look more attractive with ice and a slice of lemon or lime.
Try to limit your caffeine intake, as caffeine is a diuretic which will stimulate the release of water. Try herbal tea (remeber this doesn't count toward your 6-8 glasses.)
Try drinking water at different times and in different amounts until you find a system that works for you.
After a few weeks or less you'll find yourself craving water to quench your thirst, so stick with it and just count 'em down!

01-30-2002, 08:51 AM
I have also heard that drinking ice water burns extra calories because it is so cold your digestive system have to work a bit harder. Not sure if its true or not. And too much urea in your body is lethal! Urea is very toxic! My bio prof said that you can lower your blood pressure by drinking a lot of water.

01-30-2002, 08:53 AM
Great post Gino.

Two things:

I always thought the body was made of up 70%+ water.

And someone mentioned a couple days ago that you 'can' drink too much water and that it can be harmful if you do so...

01-30-2002, 08:56 AM
Originally posted by TreeTrunks
I have also heard that drinking ice water burns extra calories because it is so cold your digestive system have to work a bit harder.

We've had that argument before. :p

01-30-2002, 08:58 AM
I have heard the body is made up anywhere from 60-90% water. I don't really think anyone knows. It seems everyone thinks its something. I just heard it burn extra calories. Is it true? What was the name of the thread if you can remember?

01-30-2002, 09:06 AM
I heard that too TreeTrunks.

I can't imagine how a little too much water can be bad for you. Of course, if you're drinking 5+ gallons a day, I can see some problems with water going in faster than it can be used and pissed out.

Big Show
01-30-2002, 09:07 AM
I agree with Syntekz I always heard that the body was 70% water.And Gino thanks for answering my question,your post was a good read and informative:nod:

01-30-2002, 09:12 AM
I read some article, I don't remember where, talking about the medical condition caused by drinking too much water. I know if your drink too much at one time you just get a sick feeling, but I think thats due to your stomach being full of water. But your right you can never have too much water unless like you said your consuming 5+ gallons a day.

01-30-2002, 09:54 AM

*thinks of that south park episode with the herbswoman*

yates do you go into catabolic without water?

could you explain?

01-30-2002, 10:48 AM
Reiner, did you read gino's post?

01-30-2002, 01:07 PM
These "toxins" are just that. Urea is a toxic by-product of waste it travels through your blood until its flushed out (im pretty sure thats how it works been awhile since bio class). You need water to flush out that crap.

01-30-2002, 01:55 PM
By drinking more than a gallon of water a day, don't you just tax your excretion system with it .. I mean, you pee will look transparent, meaning that your body is basically trying to get rid of the excess water ...

It's all about balance .. Drink what you can, but don't jug down 2 gallons a day just because someone told you it was good for you. Listen to your body!

01-30-2002, 02:01 PM
Your bodies thrist sytem (what makes you thristy) is extremely weak! Before you feel thirsty you have already lost 1-2 quarts of water. The clearer your urine the better. The more yellow the more dehydrated you are. Unless you have taken a lot of vitamin b, but thats more of a neon yellowish.

Slim Schaedle
01-30-2002, 02:06 PM
It's all about balance .. Drink what you can, but don't jug down 2 gallons a day just because someone told you it was good for you. Listen to your body!

Preacher, i get what you mean, but ...if I always "listened to my body" there would be many days where i didn't go to the gym b/c my body didn't feel like it. So, somtimes you have to ignore your body and do what you know you have to do:cool:

01-30-2002, 02:09 PM
Like I say:

I do listen to my body. Then I just tell it what we'll be doing anyway.

01-30-2002, 02:20 PM
Originally posted by Slim Schaedle

Preacher, i get what you mean, but ...if I always "listened to my body" there would be many days where i didn't go to the gym b/c my body didn't feel like it. So, somtimes you have to ignore your body and do what you know you have to do:cool:

It's better you don't go to the gym those days, then make the appropriate adjustments in your daily routine so that you feel this way less often. Usually, when I don't feel like going to the gym because I'm too tired, I don't go. Then I make the appropriate adjustments, like sleeping more, eating more, etc. When your body is telling you "don't go to the gym" it's better you don't. Knowing what to do to prevent your body from feeling that way is the trick.

Thirst is a different story though, I agree.

Slim Schaedle
01-30-2002, 02:26 PM
na man, ...i was just using an example....i meant some days i dont feel like it, but i know i need to. :cool:

Slim Schaedle
01-30-2002, 02:28 PM
the only reason i dont feel like it sometimes is b/c i work out first thing in the morning....

01-30-2002, 02:40 PM
Well if your body is telling you no, regardless of the situation, listening to it is the best option. If I'm yawning in the gym, my workouts suck, time after time.

If it's more mental reasons like just not wanting to go because of anticipated workout boredom, or general laziness, get your butt in there.

Either way, you gotta make some changes to prevent it. Only once every 2 or 3 weeks i don't feel like going to the gym for whatever reason on a scheduled workout day. Then I make a lifestyle adjustment to prevent it from happening again soon. Occasionally feeling like that is inevitable, but a couple times a week is telling you some changes need to be made.

Slim Schaedle
01-30-2002, 02:57 PM
Yeah man, I get what you're saying and all, but i was just using that as an example for the water thing. I didn't say I feel like that all the time, and I don't. I do know when my body needs a break. so anyway....:offtopic: ;) I respect your point and help though