Part 2 – Plan for Proper Hydration
Feeling thirsty? That means your body is already dehydrated. So how much water do you actually need?
As a rule of thumb, work out what 1 litre (around 30 fluid oz) of water per 25 kilo’s (55 pounds) of body weight is for you. Think of this as a base quantity, if you are doing strenuous exercise, particularly in a hot environment you will need more.
You can get water from the food you eat, especially if you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, remember that you’ll actually require additional water to aid your digestive system.
Can drinking water help you slim? It depends on how you look at it. Given that hunger pangs can really be thirst in disguise, if you properly hydrate your body’s trillions of cells you’ll be less tempted to snack. Also, drinking a glass of water before eating fills you up so you eat smaller meals.
If you become dehydrated your body goes into “protection” mode. When denied any vital nutrient your body cries out for help, although these signals are often misunderstood (like thirst disguised as hunger). If you are dehydrated your body may slow down your metabolism in an effort to retain as much water as possible for survival. This slows down your fat burning which make it more difficult to lose weight.
So, the answer is to drink plenty of water (of course, pure filtered water is best). How do you do that? Like I’ve said in other posts it’s not really too difficult. Try these tips:-
- Drink 1 glass when you wake up.
- Drink 1 glass after you clean your teeth after breakfast
- Drink 1 glass mid morning
- Drink 1 glass before lunch
- Drink 1 glass with lunch
- Drink 1 glass mid afternoon
- Drink 1 glass when you get home from work
- Drink 1 glass before dinner
- Drink 1 glass with dinner
- Drink 1 glass after you clean your teeth in the evening
- I also leave a glass of filtered water in my bathroom overnight, so I can drink it if I get up during the night.
If you find water boring, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice.
Be kind to our planet – use a water filter and fill your own bottles (preferable glass) instead of buying water in plastic bottles.