Are You Dehydrated? Do You Know How to Tell?

Do you live in Arizona?  We do.  Consider the fact that if you work out, in addition to living in one of the driest and hottest climates in America, that you are consistently losing water— especially during the Summer (or in this case, a 90 degree April).

Add to that the fact that most people are SUPPOSED to drink at least 2 liters of water per day, and that is without actually considering water loss from working out, cardio, or the hot climate.

In addition to this, water actually serves as an appetite suppressant and also raises your metabolism temporarily.  Drinking 2 liters of water per day can cause you to burn an extra 96 calories per day and several studies have shown that some people who drank 500 ml of water before meals lost 44% more weight over a period of 12 weeks compared to those who didn’t.

Add to this the fact that staying hydrated helps with constipation, preventing cancer, decreases the risk of kidney stones, as well as several benefits for acne and skin hydration.

As a rule of thumb, drink .5 ounces of water per pound of body weight.  If you are working out, sweating a lot, or in hot climates which will cause added water loss, then adjust accordingly.

Water gets way less of a priority than time in the gym or time in the kitchen preparing a nutrition plan, and that’s not quite how it should be. All three of those things play a major role in transforming your body for fitness and health goals.  This is why we always ensure that our nutrition plans take water intake into account.

Get a consultation today to find out whether your water intake makes sense for the level of activity you are experiencing, along with your nutrition plan.  Contact us today!

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