Remaining hydrated is extremely important for the health and energizes the body, not to mention extremely necessary for losing weight.
The majority of chemical reactions that occur within the body require hydration and use H20 as a catalyst. This includes metabolizing food. If you aren’t properly hydrated, your metabolism will not run as smoothly and you’ll subsequently have a harder time losing weight.
“Being even 1% dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism.” – Web MD
Drinking Water to Prevent Overeating
Drinking more water can also help prevent overeating. Your body can often feel confused about whether it’s hungry or thirsty, resulting in eating more than you actually need to.
By drinking water before a meal, you prevent the risk of eating too much and you provide your body with good hydration.
These medical problems can be caused by dehydration:
Dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, fainting, heart palpitations, dry skin, headache, constipation, low blood pressure, muscle cramps.
“Chronic dehydration may affect your organs and lead to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, and liver, joint, and muscle damage.”
How much water should I be drinking?
It heavily depends on your weight. Needless to say, more mass requires more energy and thus more water. In order to calculate how much water you need, you should take into consideration the following:
– Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink everyday is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.
– Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiple your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiple that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
– Activity Level: Finally you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes that you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.
100 pounds –> 67 ounces
110 pounds –> 74 ounces
120 pounds –> 80 ounces
130 pounds –> 87 ounces
140 pounds –> 94 ounces
150 pounds –> 100 ounces
160 pounds –> 107 ounces
170 pounds –> 114 ounces
180 pounds –> 121 ounces
190 pounds –> 127 ounces
200 pounds –> 134 ounces
210 pounds –> 141 ounces
220 pounds –> 148 ounces
230 pounds –> 154 ounces
240 pounds –> 161 ounces
250 pounds –> 168 ounces
Tips for Staying Hydrated
1. Add it to your daily routine
Introduce it to your daily routine and form a habit of drinking a big glass of water in the morning and at night just before bed can automatically put you 32 oz into reaching your goal.
2. Set small goals
It is highly recommended to use reusable water-bottle so that you can draw markers and thus set smaller goals. Drawing little markers on the bottle serves as an amazing motivational tool.
3. Jazz up your water
Adding lemon, berries, cucumber, etc. to your water adds flavor without adding unnecessary sugar and calories. You can slice them up and toss them in your water on the go, or if you’re feeling really fancy, there are some really cool water diffusers for sale.