Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Water, water everywhere!

Water is so important for your weight loss program. 😍

You may have heard this statement time and time again during your weight loss program, but it's important to note that water is important for everyone of all ages.  However, it's very common to hear others on their weight loss journeys discuss the importance of drinking plenty of water.  You may see athletes at the gym carrying gallon jugs of water around and think to yourself, "Wow, do I really need that much water?" as you glance at the 16 ounce water bottle you're holding.  Look no further, this article will touch upon some of the reasons water is so important for everyone, but in particular, the ways in which it is super beneficial for those on a weight loss or fitness journey.  And the ever important question may be answered.. how much water do I need to drink every day?

Why is drinking water important?

It may seem counterproductive, but drinking water will help flush out excess water weight that your body is holding onto.  Don't worry about the number on the scale going up due to drinking lots of water.  It's truly beneficial for your body.  

Drinking water can help keep you full and therefore, you will eat less at meals.  It's very common to mistake hunger for thirst. Next time you are feeling hunger pangs between meals, drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes.  Did you know that when you begin to feel thirsty, your body is already beginning to dehydrate? That's why it is important to drink water regularly throughout the day; don't just wait to drink when you feel thirsty.  When your body is dehydrated, it cannot complete its daily functions, including fat burning during cardiovascular exercise.  Water also helps to increase your metabolism.  This will enable you to burn more calories throughout the day, even at rest.  In fact, many experts suggest drinking an ice cold glass of water first thing each morning before doing anything else.  Your body will expend calories simply to warm the water you are consuming, thus jump starting your calorie burn for the day.

There are numerous other reasons why water is so important.  It helps flush out wastes and detoxify your body.  It aids in digestion.  Drinking plenty of water helps your skin look healthier and more radiant.  It can also help with circulation and other ailments such as headaches, joint pain, and muscle aches.  

How much water do I need?

Opinions vary on this topic.  Some experts utilize the 64 ounces per day rule.  Others recommend dividing your weight by 2, and that is how much water you should consume daily.  In other words, a 150 pound person would require 75 ounces of water.  There is no definitive answer about water intake, but be sure to drink regularly throughout the day, and be sure to drink 8 ounces for every 15 minutes of exercise to rehydrate you.  If drinking water seems difficult for you, try refilling a colorful water bottle a certain number of times to reach your goal.

And no, coffee, soda, and other caffeinated beverages do not count toward your daily water intake.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!

So drink up!  Water is so important for you and while it is not a miracle cure for weight loss, it will certainly help you both now and in the future.  

If you need a jump start on your weight loss journey or don't know where to begin, feel free to contact me at alissaangelo@gmail.com and ask for details on my next FREE 5 day challenge!

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