Why staying hydrated is important for fat loss
Written by Mark Coles - Follow on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter
Although everyone is aware how important hydration is for a healthy functioning body, it is still a big speed bump for a lot of individuals. The average sedentary person excretes 2.7L water daily, via respiration, urination and sweat. Water is a vital component in so many of our processes; from performance, to water retention, to the immune system. Given that a human’s body weight is 50-70% water it’s understandable why building habits around hydration can make such a positive impact to the way we look and feel.
All your bodily processes require water to function. Your muscles are 70% water and your brain is 80% water. When someone is dehydrated by as little as 2% of their body weight, it has been shown to dramatically affect performance. Dehydration can show up as thirst, dry skin, constipation, fatigue and even headaches. So that you don't get to this stage, it is very important that you drink water regularly throughout the day.
Many people even associate the feelings of thirst with hunger, and end up consuming more calories needlessly. The next time you feel hungry, re-assess whether you're completely hydrated, wait 15 minutes, and then decide what you want to do.
Try these methods of improving your intake:
1.Create a link with another habit to increase consistency.
For example, eating is typically habitual - breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have a large glass of water with every meal then you’re well on your way to getting your daily requirements.
2. Out of sight, out of mind.
If you have constant access to a (re-usable) water bottle then you’re far more likely to maintain an awareness of your fluid intake.
3.Be ahead of dehydration - thirst, dry mouth, tiredness and headaches.
If you feel these symptoms, you’re potentially already dehydrated!
4. Additionally, don't be playing catch up
Consume water in the morning to trigger the consumption of it, either first thing after waking up or with your first meal.
Remember hydration status is not just about water consumed but total electrolyte balance.
If you're currently in a healthy eating routine, ensure you're adding adequate amounts of salt to meals and consuming foods with moderate amounts of potassium and magnesium.
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