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I lost 30 kilos by drinking almost 10 litres of water per day: Pakistani resident of Sharjah

Losing weight through water: weight loss success story

  • By Carolina D’Souza, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:20 May 19, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied/Francois Nel, Gulf News
  • Sohail Shaikh before (R) and after (L) his water therapy diet.

Sharjah: Increasing water intake from five glasses a day to up to 10 litres proved to be the weight loss formula for Pakistani resident Sohail Shaikh, 42. From 122 kilos, he came down to 92 kilos – his target weight.

The Sharjah resident, 1.8m (5ft 11ins) tall, lost 30 kilogrammes over a course of a year with minimum diet and exercise alteration.

Shaikh, a professional in the aviation industry and father of two children, told Gulf News that he took the decision to increase his water intake after he learnt about water therapy.

According to alternative medicine reasoning, water therapy requires one to increase daily water intake to seven litres per day.

The understanding — shared by medical science — is that the increased water intake flushes out toxins from the body, preventing water retention, and aiding kidney and liver functions, which help eliminate waste and break down fat.

The increased water intake also results in a feeling a fullness, leading to less food consumption, say alternative medicine proponents.

Shaikh said, “During a trip to Pakistan, I heard about water therapy. I decided to try it. I was frustrated with my weight. In Dubai, a routine free medical screening at a mall showed dangerous levels of obesity.”

He started to drink up to 10 litres a day. He began to walk for half an hour per day and made minimum changes in his diet, avoiding deep fried food and high sugar items like chocolates and biscuits. At home, typical Pakistani food of meat and vegetable curries with chappati and rice continued, he said.

Half way through his weight loss success, he consulted a doctor out of concern.

“I was losing weight consistently and wanted to know if there were any health issues,” said Shaikh.

The doctor gave him a clean bill of health, saying that even his cholesterol level was under control.

Curious and still doubtful whether it was the just water, Shaikh went back to drinking four to five glasses of water per day for about two weeks.

“I gained four kilos,” he said.

Convinced, he stuck to his water intake of 10 litres till he reached his target weight.

Commenting on Shaikh’s case, Dr Wafa Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) endorsed increased water intake with the caveat — balanced diet and exercise should go hand in hand.

She said that to calculate ideal fluid intake, researchers suggest the formula - body weight in kilograms multiplied by 35.

“So if Shaikh is 92, he should multiply 92 by 35. The sum is 3,220. The first two digits should be read at 3.2 litres. At 122, he should have been drinking a minimum of 4.2 litres,” said Dr Wafa.

She explained that water is the healthiest choice for hydration as it is calorie free and doesn’t contain any sugar.

From the viewpoint of water as an aid to weight loss, she said it helps prevent dehydration.

“Dehydration can lead to fatigue and increase fat storage due to the build up of toxins in the kidney [organ that removes waste products] and liver [organ that burns fat]. When dehydrated the body begins to store fat instead of metabolising it,” she said.

Furthermore, drinking water creates a feeling of fullness, preventing the person from consuming other food, potentially with high calories, leading to less food consumption, she said.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 18:25 May 20, 2013

    :D INDEDD !! YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION.

    zubaida Siddique, ajman, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:06 May 20, 2013

    Hi My worry is If we start take 10Lt water in single day, how many times we would be going to washroom & specially when ur boss monitor your each exit from office.

    vicky, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:38 May 20, 2013

    Is there any doctors or dietitians who can shed more light on this. If there is no health issues there may be lot of people who would like to try this.

    RAM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:35 May 20, 2013

    Friends, Please do not overdo things too much.

    Hameed Najumudeen, Sharjah., United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:18 May 20, 2013

    please be careful to start this therapy. keep observation and if uncomfortable, make changes suitable to you.

    danny, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:47 May 20, 2013

    Excellent Job Sir Ji .....Hats Off...U r an inspiration

    rabia imran, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:58 May 20, 2013

    Begin your day with minimum of 500 ml to 1 Liter of water will really help to wake up your internal organs and to control many diseases like Cholesterol, Diabetic, Blood pressure etc ..

    ranadive, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:44 May 20, 2013

    caveat guys. don't drink lots of water on a very short period of time. spread it throughout the day. overhydration which suddenly dilutes your electrolytes is highly lethal.

    Ramon, Santa rita, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:56 May 20, 2013

    good job shaikh well done but could you please tell me in one month how can loose minnimum...thanks

    tajwar, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 12:55 May 20, 2013

    i will try too! i think its safe and no need to spend money for any pills for dieting!

    leigh, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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