by Stew Smith
Oxygen + Water = Fat burn. (from "Want to Lose Weight?" article)
Basically, the body needs water and increased oxygen to burn fat as an energy source. The water intake should be anywhere from a half gallon for women and up to one gallon a day for men, and the increased oxygen consumption will assist with the other part of the equation. See the "Water Plus Oxygen Equals Weight Loss" article if you are concerned about drinking too much.
As you add more water and oxygen to your system, your body will be able to use the retained water for excretion, prompting almost immediate weight loss of retained water and toxins. This is not the same as sitting in a sauna and sweating which actually dehydrates you. Adding water will rehydrate you and enable the body to burn more fat (as long as you increase your oxygen intake by doing some form of exercise). Walking, swimming, biking, jogging, calisthenics, and even yard work can help with working your cardiovascular system.
Try the deep breathing rhythm during running and see for yourself how you will run at a lower heart rate and have more energy for a strong finish.