Here on the East Coast we are officially in a heat wave, and while we know enough to get out of the sun, we don’t always keep ourselves fully hydrated. In fact, 90% of my clients have low hydration levels (yes, I actually check).
Why does this matter? For one, if you are even 2% dehydrated it will affect the way you lose weight. A body that is lacking in this necessary nutrient is not as efficient.
Dehydration can also cause headaches, lethargy, dizziness and even death.
So how do you know if you are getting enough? And if you are, how do you hang on to it?
A simple test is to check your urine color; pale yellow is as dark as you want to be.
Ideally you want to be drinking half your body weight in ounces. An easier translation would be to consume at least 8 – 12 (8 oz.) glasses of pure, spring water per day.
The key is to start drinking before you feel signs of thirst.
In my experience, most people think they are drinking much more than they actually are. Try measuring your intake for one day. You may be surprised.
To help your body hang on to your H2O, do not have any caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) ½ hour before or after you drink water.
Also, think “Dixie cup”. Don’t gulp your water. Take Dixie-size shots throughout the day.
Pure, delicious water should be your drink of choice. If you’re not a big fan of aqua, try adding some flavor like freshly squeezed lemons or limes. For a super simple tip check out one of my past videos to see what helps me stay hydrated throughout the dog days of summer.
Stay cool. Stay Hydrated. Stay healthy.
Measure your water for one day and tell me below how much you are actually drinking. Were you surprised?