Staying Hydrated

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Today Kathy, who has been guest posting with us every Wednesday, is discussing the importance of staying hydrated.

Staying hydrated is very important to any weight loss plan. Water flushes the toxins out of your organs and carries nutrients into your cells.  Lack of water can lead to dehydration and even in a mild case can make you tired and drain your energy.  Drinking a glass of water before a meal can make you feel full so you don’t eat as much.

The amount of water varies depending who you listen to.  Most often you hear 8 glasses of water.  That means 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water. I have also heard that you should have in ounces half of your body weight.  So if you weigh 150 pounds, take half of that…75,  and that will be your ounces of water.  If you are exercising and sweating a lot, you want to increase your amount of water by 1 or 2 glasses.  You also want to drink more in hot or humid weather.

The majority of the liquids that you drink should be water but you can use coffee, tea or even soda as a portion of your total daily fluid intake.  Water is still your best choice but if you want a different flavor, try another drink made with water.  There are also many different types of powders to add to your water bottle.  Many are very tasty.  They are a great alternative.

You may want to schedule you water to get started just to make sure that you get enough in the day.  Of course you don’t want to drink most of it in the evening because you will be up a few times through the night getting rid of it.  Your body will adapt to the amount of water you drink over time.  It can also be a good idea to pour the amount of water that you need for a day in a pitcher or container so you know when you have had the amount needed.

Water is one of those things that is good for you in so many different ways.  It helps your skin, major organs, and it makes you feel full.  It is also easily accessible and free, if you fill your own bottles.  Remember that many different fluids count toward your total intake.  One other hint…drinking ice water helps you burn a few extra calories.

How much water do you drink in a day? Do you keep track of it in a food diary or keep a schedule?

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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