Drinking Water on the 17 Day Diet

One of the most common questions I get asked: does drinking water really help me lose weight?  If so, how much do I really have to drink?

While following the 17 Day Diet, you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of pure water daily.

When I say “pure water” this means just water.  Not tea, not coffee, not “fancy” bottled water with sugar in it – just water.  You can add in fresh fruit, but try to keep it as pure as possible for the greatest weight loss benefits.

Why Does Drinking Water Help You Lose Weight?

Water fills you up! All that drinking takes up room in your tummy so say goodbye to those cravings and hunger pangs!  In fact, whenever you’re starting to think you “might” be hungry, reach for a glass of water instead.  This one simple thing can make a big difference in cutting back on mindless eating.

Drinking Water also helps your body metabolize stored fat. It starts with your kidneys; they need water to help flush stuff out of your body. If there’s not enough water, your kidneys go on a forced work stoppage.

The liver then has to pinch-hit and fill in for the kidneys.

This is not good, because one of the liver’s primary functions is to turn stored fat into fuel for the body.

If the liver is filling in for the kidneys, guess what? It doesn’t have time to metabolize fat, so…more fat stays in storage and weight loss stops.

Water is also a natural detoxifier; it helps the body flush waste during weight loss. And, when you’re shedding pounds, your body has a lot more waste to dump, including fat.

Surprisingly, drinking a lot of water is the best way to resolve water retention.

When your body is dehydrated, it perceives this as a bodily drought and begins to hold on to every drop as a defense mechanism.

Water is then stored outside the cells and causes your feet, ankles, legs, and hands to swell. The best solution for water retention is to give your body what it needs: plenty of water.

One thing to keep in mind is negative water.

If you drink coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks or even juice, these do not count as water.  In fact, these are actually negative water.  So for every 1 cup of coffee you drink, have 2 glasses of water.

So, drink up. Before long, you’ll be the skinniest person in the bathroom!

If you’re struggling with drinking enough water, set yourself a daily goal and increase it as you goal.  Set your water drinking and other healthy living goals by downloading the

FREE! – 17 Day Diet Goal Setting Guide

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  1. I am addicted to sugar and just can’t seem to stop the craving unless I eat something sweet. Fruit doesn’t do it either. I buy dark chocolate for my heart, but I also eat things with milk chocolate.

    I joined Overeaters Anonymous in 2005 and lost 40 lbs on your 17 Day Diet but I gained it plus more again. I know I shouldn’t buy things with sugar in them, but I would just make something with it instead.

    Please tell me how to break my sugar addition! Thank you, Bernice

    • Bernice, I totally understand, sugar is a tough thing to kick. The 17 Day Diet really helps with this. In the first cycle we cut out almost all sugar and do this for 17 days. This “detox” stage helps to reset your body and you will start enjoying natural sugars from fruit and kick those cravings for good. A great way to do this is in the 17 Day Diet Challenge, hope you’ll join us: https://www.drmikediet.com/17daydiet-challenge/.

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