An adult body typically holds fortyfîve quarts of water at any one time and loses approximately three quarts a day, although this fluctuates from one to more than ten, depending on your activity and environment.
Not surprisingly, some foods are about 80 percent water. Fruits and vegetables in particular.
Protein foods are the exceptionthey are the only ones that don’t contain a great deal of water. This is one reason you have to drink a lot of water when you’re on a high protein diet. Yet digesting protein foods requires huge stores of water. To quench its thirst, protein sucks water out of your cells. That’s why when you go off your highprotein diet, you’re likely to regain much of the weight you lost. Your cells are desperate to replenish their lost liquid, and they do so the moment carbohydrates are reintroduced into your body.
They lap up enough carbohydrates, naturally high in water, to eliminate their deficit, and in the process you regain the weight you lostthe weight that was, in fact, little more than liquids that were appropriated from your poor, parched cells. No wonder losers on highprotein diets often have that taut and haggard look! Something you won’t get on the Beverly Hills Diet. In fact, many of my Combiners are accused of having had facelifts.
When thinking about nutrients, remember that each has a specific role to play. None can be duplicated. Each is critical to our very existence. Vitamins and minerals carry on the process of life. Amino acids build our flesh and blood. Glucose and lipids provide our energy, immediate and reserve. Water is what holds it ali together and maintains balance and harmony. We’re like a machine. Gasoline does one thing, oil another, water stili another. Without fuel, the machine stops. Without essential nutrients, our bodies stop.