“What’s the big deal about water? I always drink whenever I’m thirsty. Isn’t my dry mouth or throat a good indicator of proper hydration?”
Today we’re going to talk about the Hydroelectric Diet. You’ve heard of it here first!
Your body is actually made up of 75% water molecules, and 25% solid matter. Your brain is about 85% water.
Well I gotta tell ya, you have got to change your mindset about water!
Let me repeat: You have to change your thinking about water. Do not take it for granted.
If you haven’t paid attention to the previous lessons, you’ll think that today’s discussion is preposterous.
So, let’s summarize the last couple of sessions:
- Your biological cell is the basic building block of your health.
- You’re healthy if your cells are healthy.
- You will lose weight, if your cells are metabolizing properly (ATP production).
- Your cells feed on micronutrients to metabolize.
- Without micronutrition, cells cannot perform their functions, and could even mutate into bad cells.
- Water is what delivers the micronutrients to your cells.
If there is no water, the cells will die, and that’s the beginning of YOUR own death.
So think out of the box (mental fitness), and continue reading…
Obesity and Your Thirst
We talked about the mitochondrion as the engine that produces ATP energy.
There is actually a 2nd method to create energy that was recently discovered. There are special energy-generating pumps within the walls of the cell membrane. As water flows in and out of the cell, calcium ions release hydroelectric energy.
Conceptually, this is similar to the hydroelectric generators in Hoover Dam in Arizona/Nevada, or Niagara Falls, in Canada/New York.
The front of the human brain has a more urgent need for this type of hydroelectric energy, perhaps explaining why the brain is 85% water compared to 75% in the rest of the body.
The mitochondrial energy type, generated from glucose, is only a secondary source.
This means that if there isn’t enough water to generate energy, your brain is going to signal for more sugar. Apparently, our cravings for sweets is really an indication of thirst.
Let’s take this another step further. If you drink or eat anything that is artificially sweetened (aspartame, saccharin, etc.), the brain thinks the sugar delivery is on it’s way.
So it waits. And waits. And waits for nothing.
It grows impatient, and tells your hand to grab that 6th can of caffeinated diet soda. Actually, your brain is confused and thinks that actual thirst and hunger are the same thing. You might be tempted to get another cookie along with the soda.
In addition, caffeine is a diuretic. It means it dehydrates you. It will tell your brain that it needs more water, so your other hand grabs the 7th can of caffeinated diet soda for the day.
Aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde. A toxic compound used for embalming corpses, and classified by the U.S. EPA as a carcinogen.
The food companies that make aspartame claim that the formaldehyde quantity is negligible. They also say that the liver detoxifies the formaldehyde, anyway.
Assuming that the liver can indeed clean up the formaldehyde, why would you overwork your liver for something that you can avoid? Why not reserve your liver capacity for other toxins that you might accidentally ingest?
How Water Boosts Your Metabolism
Water is the transport medium of EVERYTHING in your body. Proteins, amino acids, enzymes, glucose molecules, fat lipids, etc. etc., bind themselves to the water molecules, and come along for the ride. Water flows everywhere. The arteries and veins are the major interstate highways, and your capillaries are the surface streets.
Once they reach their destination, water molecules travel in and out the doors of the cellular walls. All the micro-nutrients sit along the water molecules, side by side.
When you’re trying to burn body fat, it’s actually a long and arduous journey. The liver is centrally located in your gut. So when it retrieves the fats cells in your arms, it’s about the equivalent of walking the distance between Los Angeles and New York (Or something like that – I just made that up, but you know what I mean).
Once it gets to your liver, then it converts the fat cells back to glucose, and then it treks back to your arms. Glucose is made either into energy that moves your arms, or energy to build and repair muscle tissue.
Now all of this transportation business requires water. From the fat cells, into the bloodstream, into the liver, conversion to glucose, back to the bloodstream, and finally inside the cells of your muscles.
If you’re dehydrated, all this transport mechanism slows down to a crawl. Try paddling your canoe in a stream vs. a real river like the Colorado or the Mississippi.
This is why water is so vital in your body. Its absence will literally stop everything in your body.
Abundance of water means that the cells have the potential to maximize metabolism (assuming all the other micro-nutrients are available).
The Details of The Hydroelectric Diet
I coined the term “Hydroelectric Diet”, but I can’t take credit for the concepts behind this diet plan. It is a combination of protocols from:
- The body of scientific research by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
- The 7-Day Detox Plan by Dr. Peter Bennett and Dr. Stephen Barrie
Why it will work
- Naturally controls your cravings and your hunger.
- You DO NOT need to consciously:
- avoid your favorite foods, or
- limit your consumption.
- Your subconscious mind will say NO to OVEREATING.
- Facilitates consumption of body fat for your energy needs.
- Provides readily available hydroelectric energy for your brain.
- Fills up your stomach.
How To Implement
The Hydroelectric Diet Plan doesn’t mean that you can forget about everything else. Practice what you have learned so far from the previous sessions:
- Mental Fitness
- Physical Exercise
What You Need To Do
- Drink 1/2 of your total body weight everyday. For example if you weight 200 lbs, drink at least 100 oz of water as your daily quota.
- Distribute your water consumption throughout the day, starting with a full glass first thing upon waking up.
- Do not substitute other beverages (milk, juice, soda, energy drink, coffee, etc) to meet your quota. You can drink other beverages, after reaching your daily quota.
- When you feel hungry, or crave for sweets or salts, drink a glass of water first. Drink generously while eating and while snacking.
- You don’t need to consciously limit your eating, or avoiding your favorite foods.
- You can use carbonated water as a transitional beverage. Your goal is to completely get on pure water after 2 weeks.
- Get used to visiting the toilet every 1-3 hours. Your pee should be clear or very light yellow (assuming you are not taking any supplements).
How Long Is This Plan
Pace yourself, safely losing about 5 lbs per week.
Get started with the Hydroelectric Diet right now!
It’s easy, it costs nothing, and you will see and feel immediate results.
I’ll follow up with you in our next coaching session. I’m looking forward to hear about YOUR success story next week! (Hopefully, you’ll move on to Phase 2 of the Hydroelectric Diet.)