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Are You Drinking Enough Water to Lose Weight?

  • January 7, 2016
  • By dteix
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Are You Drinking Enough Water to Lose Weight?
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You are made up of 60% water. It is a part of every system in your body. Do you know if you drink enough on a regular basis to support your body’s needs? It may be more than you think. Keep reading to find out how much H2O is necessary for you to hydrate a healthy glow and lose weight.

Have you ever counted how many cups of water you drink each day?

Any idea? Chances are, it’s not where it should be for optimal health. Two-thirds of Americans aren’t at ideal hydration, as written by Sheila Tucker, MA, RD, LDN on www.bc.edu. With such big jobs as regulating body temperature, providing fluid to organs, cushioning joints, plumping skin, and maintaining needed energy, it’s surprising we aren’t guzzling it by the buckets.

It takes 9 cups for women and 13 cups for men to reach ideal hydration.

These numbers are based on people that live in temperate environments doing low levels of exercise, according to www.mayoclinic.org. In addition, people who exercise at higher intensities, are pregnant, live at high elevations, or are sick, typically need more fluids to maintain the need supplies within the body.

Your body will have an easier time shedding body fat if you have enough water in your system.

If someone is seen slightly low on proper hydration levels the body’s many systems won’t be functioning optimally. Different systems require different amounts, your lungs need the highest percentage of hydration, followed by the blood and brain. In addition, your metabolism requires adequate water to be ramped up. Studies show that people who consumed a glass of water had an increase in metabolism for up to 60 minutes. Not to mention those that drank water before a meal ate less calories in a day than those that did not.

If you can’t stomach 9-13 cups of water a day, you’re not alone.

Not everyone has the tastebuds for this tasteless beverage, however it’s undoubtedly the most important compound on the planet so avoiding the task is not an option.

How can you stay hydrated and not feel like you’re full submerged?

Key is to know how much water you consume in a day and supplement with alternate sources. It’s not as tough as it sounds and knowing your body will be functioning at full strength is worth it.

Tips for Daily Hydration:
  1. Carry a water bottle that holds 24 oz., drink it by noon. Since there are 8 oz in every cup, you’ll have downed 3 cups to start the day. Plus it’s ZERO calories.
  2. Fill your fridge with fruits and vegetables that are 93% or more water. Load up on watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, celery, zucchini, cantaloupe, and tomatoes.
  3. Pour yourself herbal teas, sparkling water, and diluted juices for a beverage alternative.

So if you’ve been obtaining from the clean liquid, hold back no more. Your body can’t live well without it. You’ll feel healthier, glow more, and shed some pounds. Sounds like a win-win to me. Drink up!

By dteix, January 7, 2016
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