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axp817 wrote:
Dr. Darden,
I like what you have to say about Superhydration. I have personally experienced its results, only I had been drinking 1 gallon of luke warm water a day, and it had been giving me all the benefits that you cite alongwith some fat loss. Now I can't wait to try the same with cold water.

I have heard that drinking water during or right after a meal dilutes the digestive juices and so is not advisable. I was advised to drink water 30 mins. prior to a meal and/or 30 mins. or so after a meal. I would like to know your thoughts on this.

Thanks,


I've heard the same thing about water with meals, but don't if it's true. Perhaps Dr. Darden or someone knowledgeable can enlighten us.
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gp wrote:
axp817 wrote:
Dr. Darden,
I like what you have to say about Superhydration. I have personally experienced its results, only I had been drinking 1 gallon of luke warm water a day, and it had been giving me all the benefits that you cite alongwith some fat loss. Now I can't wait to try the same with cold water.

I have heard that drinking water during or right after a meal dilutes the digestive juices and so is not advisable. I was advised to drink water 30 mins. prior to a meal and/or 30 mins. or so after a meal. I would like to know your thoughts on this.

Thanks,


I've heard the same thing about water with meals, but don't if it's true. Perhaps Dr. Darden or someone knowledgeable can enlighten us.


No, that's not true.

Ellington

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SuttonLounge

I have to say that until I read the SuperHydration article, I di not realize how UN-hydrated I was. I now feel better, more energy, and it is noticeable. I pee like a horse and it is clear almost. It used to be deep yellow when I was not drinking water.

I also stopped drinking diet sodas and other crap. Now I drink ice cold water. I save at least 30 dollars a month I used to spend on soda and juice (I eat fresh fruit instead). Great thing is NYC tap-water is really good. No need to buy bottled H2O.

My physician loves it. He said keep it going and asked for the link to Dr. Darden's web site here.

Thanks!
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Stempysez

I have been on the new H.I.T workout program for about 8 weeks now. It is amazing some of the results im seeing. My problem is im not losing any weight. I was trying to keep my diet around 2700 calories because some site said if I excercised x amount of hours and i weight x amount of weight and i wanted to lose x amount of weight that I should stay at that calorie intake.

Some days I ate more than the alotted amount. Same days not enough. At the end of the week it balanced out. I can't lose my gut though. I understand I have to do cardio work as well to lose the gut. I am on a treadmill 3 days a week for about an hour each day. I spend most of the day on my feet at work and chasing a little girl at home. I am interested in this superhydration program though.

I am also interested in the 1900 calorie diet plan to lose 11 lbs in 2 weeks. First off, can I take on both at one time? Second, if I do this will it stop my muscle growth because im not eating enough calories. Any suggestions would be helpful
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cdoc77

Stempysez,

I have Dr. Darden's book "A Flat Stomach ASAP." He recommends a much lower caloric intake for fat loss. My question, similar to yours, is whether I might lose muscle dropping down to 1200 or 1300 calories a day.

Also, this book differs from the mainstream idea that cardio is needed for fat loss. The only other exercise Darden emphasizes, other than strength training, is walking.

Incidentally today is my first day on ASAP. I'm already feeling the effects of the reduced calories.
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rephore

Dr. Darden, I read many places online that a lot of diseases can be cured by drinking an extra 1.5 liters of water a day for 1 month.

Basically upon waking one should drink 6 glasses of water in one sitting and he or she can be cured of many diseases like

# Head Ache
# Blood Pressure / Hypertension
# Anemia (Blood shortage)
# Rheumatism (Pain in joints/muscles)
# General Paralysis
# Obesity (Fatness)
# Arthritis
# Sinusitis
# Tachycardia
# Giddiness
# Cough
# Asthma
# Bronchitis
# Pulmonary Tuberculosis
# Meningitis
# Kidney Stones
# Urogenital Diseases
# Hyper acidity
# Gastro ? entitis
# Dysentery
# Rectal Piodapse
# Constipation
# Hostorthobics
# Diabetes
# Eye diseases
# Ophthalmic Hemorrhage & Opthalmia (Reddish eye)
# Irregular Menstruation
# Leukemia
# Uterus Cancer
# Breast Cancer
# Laryngitis

Is there any honesty in this? I got it from this site:
http://health.wiki.zoho.com/...er-Therapy.html
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Ellington Darden

I'm very skeptical of the water-therapy site.

Ellington
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IronMoose71

Arkansas, USA

Have been reading Bowflex body plan for the last two weeks, and rereading Part III science over and over. Some realities hard to take at first, especially on page 144 about the revealing experiment. I guess we're all suckers at one point in our lives.
This is my first day of Superhydration and reduced calories, and I'm super excited. Superhydration not all that foreign to me, wanted to share a book I had bought 9 years ago. "Your Body's Many Cries for Water" by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., theres a site also, www.watercure.com, some compareable thoughts between Dr. Darden and Dr. Batmanghelidj. Original copyright on the book is 1992.
Also, Dr. Darden, I wish I had had the insight into what kind of gifts I had truley had (thats alot of hads) when I was younger. I owned numerous copies of your books going back to 1987, and it wasn't until 1993 that High Intensity took root with me, and that was in the form of Heavy Duty. My one regret was that while I owned those gems, I was constantly around Classic Nautilus Equipement, and at the time you couldn't have payed me to workout on them, now, I would gladly pay to find a gym equipped with the machines. Some of us have been suckers more often than others!
Thank you for your wonderful insights and teachings. I look forward to getting your newest book, The New BB, real soon!
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mikerw

I came across your article on superhydration written back in 2004.
Ive also read a lot about how too much water (more than 6-8 cups a day) can over tax the kidneys. can you share your thoughts on this with me.

Mike
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Ellington Darden

Mike,

I read the same article you did. I still believe in what I've stated and see no good reason to change.

Ellington
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theblade

Arizona, USA

Working as a flight nurse in the desert of Arizona, I can tell you first hand that the vast majority of people in this part of the country are in a chronic state of dehydration. Urine specific gravity tests clearly demonstrate the concentration of urine in "so called" healthy adults and children, and keep in mind, these are people who for the most part, are not exercising.

The multitude of patients that we pick up who are out for short half day hikes, and leisurely excursions who suddenly present with profound body cramps, followed by a decrease in their level of consciousness is alarmingly high. Good or bad, depending on how you look at it, the desert, forces you to take a serious look at your current state of hydration.

Usually all it takes is one bad experience like the one's I eluded to get you to wizen up. That's of course if your fortunate to have mother nature shake some sense into you, most people, however, do not live in a semi arid climate, and are therefore left only to the subtle cues as to their hypovolemic state, the evening headache, the mid afternoon malaise or run down feeling, or one that we can all attest to, the overwhelming need to gorge yourself come lunchtime.

These albeit subtle reminders are insights that you are dehydrated, and if you don't live in the desert, where the effects of dehydration can give you a sudden slap in the face with reality, then you could go on fooling yourself for a long time. Give yourself a 1 week challenge, and incorporate Dr. Darden's superhydration plan.

Once you do, I can guarantee that you will have lost a couple of pounds, and feel couple hundred percent better. Your likely to feel more energetic, many of those aches and pains that you thought, "just come with age", will diminish, you may find yourself sleeping deeper and awaking more refreshed.

As far as bodybuilding goes, the sky is the limit, truth is , if the supplement companies figure out what Dr. Darden already knows, then they'd likely be bottling the stuff up and selling it for twentyfive bucks a case. If your still skeptical, you could always make a trip to the desert, go for a day hike, collapse into Rabdo, and,...well,...I'll be seeing you.

The Blade
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Ellington Darden

Blade,

Thanks for your facts and experiences.

Ellington
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theblade

Arizona, USA

Dr. Darden,

A friend of mine that I introduced to HIT some time ago posed a question to me that I'm having some difficulty answering for him.

He has recently added superhydration to his program, and in so doing I encouraged him to follow your plan for the creatine loading outlined in "The New High Intensity Bodybuilding"

Due to his previous habit of being chronically dehydrated, he has had some trouble honing and refining his new routine of drinking water progressively throughout the day.

In one instance, he decided that he was going to retire for the evening, when he suddenly realized that he was about 2500 ml's below his target gallon per day. He then went on explain how he guzzled down the two and a half liters of water immediately before going to bed.

This is where the scenario begins to resemble something that "Kramer" would do in an old "Seinfeld" episode. Lets just say that what was intended to be a restful nights sleep, instead was reminiscent of one of those Avadart commercials with the poor guy jumping out of bed every 30 minutes or so, to go an diurese the more than half a gallon of water he so diligently chugged.

After I stopped laughing, and got past my devious sense of humor where I overcame the desire to try and convince him to go and drink a gallon of milk in an hour. I finally filtered through the sitcom and narrowed down a reasonable question.

If someone does fall short of their target gallon per day, how should it best be managed ?

A). Play catch up as my friend did, and wind up being the Avadart poster boy.

B). Add the deficit to the next day's target amount. (knowing my buddy he'll slack off all week and end up trying to drink 5 gallons in one day),

C). Simply write it off, and start fresh the next day, and do your best to meet your 1 gallon target by progressively drinking from your cooler throughout the day.

In addition to this, I was also curious to ask if this will adversely affect his creatine loading phase. Should he add a day at the end of the 14 day phase, or simply not worry about it.

And one final question, as for my own creatine use, I used the loading phase myself, but it has been about 3 months since I completed the 14 day phase, which provided amazing results by the way. Since then I have been using the 5 gram per day maintenance along with the superhydration. Is there any reason to stop for a while, or reload, or for that matter both.

Once again thanks so much for all your hard work and advice. I shouldn't be so hard on my buddy, after all, In about a month or so I'm likely going to introduce him to buttermilk.

Blade.
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Ellington Darden

c. Simply write it off . . . is the best answer. The same with the creatine loading.

The creatine loading is not as effective the second time around.

Ellington
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theblade

Arizona, USA

Dr. Darden,

Thanks so much, I'll pass that along to him.

Blade.
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admnautilus

Washington, USA

Dr. Darden
One of the most over looked benefits of drinking the water id the planning and habit of doing it. I have found that it helps keep me focused on all parts of my diet. I plan every morning the rest of the day. This also becomes an important part of not feeling starved throughout the day.

Sipping the water gives me something to put in my stomach and keeps me busy. It may sound silly but is an important step in not failing the program. It is kind of like chewing gum when you want to quit smoking. More people should use this method for the structure benefits. Jeff
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Ellington Darden

Good tip, Jeff. Thanks.

Ellington
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theblade

Arizona, USA

Just to give you an update on my buddy who I recently introduced to HIT, and superhydration. He has packed on over 40 pounds, with a body fat of 12%. His strength gains are huge. His bench went from a tiny 135 to 315, his deadlifts are 365, and now is using the weight belt to add more weight to his dips and pullups, Seeing as tonight's workout peaked with a squat of 405 lbs, I figured I would share some of the excitement. This is after only 3 months of training. For a guy who is 45 years old, and thought that he would never have a big physique, well, you can tell people all you want, but watching someone transform their body using your techniques is just plain fun. I'll keep you posted.

The Blade
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Blashy

Quebec, CAN

theblade wrote:
Just to give you an update on my buddy who I recently introduced to HIT, and superhydration. He has packed on over 40 pounds, with a body fat of 12%. His strength gains are huge. His bench went from a tiny 135 to 315, his deadlifts are 365, and now is using the weight belt to add more weight to his dips and pullups, Seeing as tonight's workout peaked with a squat of 405 lbs, I figured I would share some of the excitement. This is after only 3 months of training. For a guy who is 45 years old, and thought that he would never have a big physique, well, you can tell people all you want, but watching someone transform their body using your techniques is just plain fun. I'll keep you posted.

The Blade


Wow, pretty amazing. Are you doing fullbody work outs 3 times a week? Give us an outlook of what your program looks like.

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theblade

Arizona, USA

Due to the fact that this guy was in such a state of overtraining, I first had him take 2 full weeks off. This proved to be an arduous task for him, mainly because he has come from the more is better school of thought. Even after the 2 week layoff, he still reported feeling sore in some areas, and quite frankly I asked him if he would entertain taking an additional week off, and that's when he told me he was going crazy to work out, and that he was on the verge of sneaking into the gym. So rather than run the risk of him blowing the whole thing to bits, I decided to start him on a whole body routine.

While he was resting on his 2 week layoff he began the superhydration way of life with no less than 5 liters of water per day. Once we started his training we began the creatine loading phase for the two weeks as outlined in Dr. Darden's last book.

Given the fact that he is 43 and spent an average of 2 hours in the gym 4 to 5 days per week, off and on for the past 25 years. I felt that a 3 workout per week cycle would be too much training for him, and instead focused on a whole body routine performed with no less than 3 days off in between. An example would be, train Monday, off Tues, Wed, Thursday, train Friday, off Sat, Sun and Monday, and so on.

Here's the workout.

Squat
Bench
Deadlift
behind the neck pullup
Barbell Press behind neck
Bent over lateral (done on machine)
Standing barbell curl
Dips

After one month the progress was incredible, but I wanted to make an even bigger believer out of him in a hurry so I threw in an arms specialty cycle for 3 workouts. That's all it took, then back to the whole body routine, which we'll stay on for another three months, then maybe add a back cycle.

Like I've always said to my friends, who don't believe in high intensity,
"If you think you've tried it,...you haven't." And, "If you have to write down your workout to remember it, then it's too long."

One more thing, it took until his fifth workout before he could make it all the way through without vomiting or at least getting the dry heaves. Like I said before, If you think you've tried high intensity, and it was just kind of, well, O.K, then you haven't.

The Blade.
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Brad in Florida

Florida, USA

Dr. Darden,

Have you had the opportunity to review this article yet? And, if so, what is your opinion of its findings?

Thank you,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/.../nhealth103.xml
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Brad in Florida wrote:
Dr. Darden,

Have you had the opportunity to review this article yet? And, if so, what is your opinion of its findings?

Thank you,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...103.xml


Brad,

Yes, I saw the report. Note at the bottom the authors say "there is no clear evidence of benefit from increasing water intake" and "no clear evidence exists of a lack of benefits." What kind of a conclusion is that?

I have much evidence, in the form of personal testimonies and before-and-after measurements and photos of it's benefits.

I stand by my recommendations.

Ellington

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Brad in Florida

Florida, USA

I've just finished reading Chapter 15 of your book "The Bowflex Body Plan" on food supplements. I took your advice and reviewed the web site for the Office of Dietary Supplements, specifically, the PDF file containing the daily RDAs for certain vitamins/minerals. I've compared it to the multi-vitamin I've been taking (GNC's MegaMen) and it appears as though I need a new multi-vitamin.

Am I correct in thinking that a multi-vitamin that provides 3333%, 2941%, 2500% the daily of value of certain vitamins is a bad idea? If so, can you recommend any particular brand of multi-vitamin that might be a little safer? I've seen Centrum and One a Day at the local grocery store. What do you think?
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Ellington Darden

Brad in Florida wrote:
I've just finished reading Chapter 15 of your book "The Bowflex Body Plan" on food supplements. I took your advice and reviewed the web site for the Office of Dietary Supplements, specifically, the PDF file containing the daily RDAs for certain vitamins/minerals. I've compared it to the multi-vitamin I've been taking (GNC's MegaMen) and it appears as though I need a new multi-vitamin.

Am I correct in thinking that a multi-vitamin that provides 3333%, 2941%, 2500% the daily of value of certain vitamins is a bad idea? If so, can you recommend any particular brand of multi-vitamin that might be a little safer? I've seen Centrum and One a Day at the local grocery store. What do you think?


Yes, you are correct in your thinking. Your system does NOT need those excessive vitamins and minerals. There are brands that do not exceed 100%. Just be patient, read labels, and select one of them. These supplements are not expensive at all.

Ellington

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phxrider

I understand that superhydration doesn't contribute much to muscle building but...

Could it possibly help minimize fat gains while in a higher calorie, mass gaining phase of a lifting program?

-Rob
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