#100LBWeightLossJourney – Water & Losing Weight
I always start my day by having a drink of water, this helps get my metabolism started!
“After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.”
How Much Water Should I Drink?
Well, that depends on your weight, how active you are (are you walking or running?), the temperature and humidity of where you are. Your diet also plays a large role in your water intake needs.
Most people will tell you that you should drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day.
However, if you are eating “juicy foods” (foods that have a high water content) like cucumber/berries, then you may not need as much; and if you ingest higher sodium foods, then you may need more.
You can usually tell that you are getting enough water when your urine is a pale yellow, though it has been known that some antibiotics and vitamins may discolor it.
If you find you are feeling parched/thirsty, your body has already reached a point of being dehydrated. Try to prevent this by having a bottle or glass of water on hand and taking sips throughout your day to maintain a good balance of water in your body.
Water flushes toxins from our bodies, including those produced during exercise. It aids in keeping our joints lubricated–very important for day to day movement and for preventing injury during exercise.
There was once a fear that you could “overdose” on water.While it is possible to harm yourself by drinking too much water, it takes quite an effort to do so.
Drinking large amounts of water following long durations of physical activity can dilute the electrolytes (potassium and sodium) in your blood to the extent that it interferes with your heart, brain and muscle function. This is why when you have a fever and are sweating a lot, or after sports activities you may be told to drink an electrolyte replacement drink like Powerade/Gatorade; as they will help to keep things in balance.
Caffeinated drinks such as pop, coffee, tea and alcohol are known as diuretics. While they may provide your body with some hydration, they also cause your body to flush out the water. Which means these are NOT a good source of hydration and you need to compensate by drinking more water.
There are many reasons why your body may become bloated, it does not always have to do with drinking too much water. More often than not it is because your diet is too high in sodium ad you end up retaining water, which in return, makes you look/feel bloated.
Here is a great link to the explanation of how water affects burning calories: health.howstuffworks.com
I personally, do not advise to drink ice water(large amount quickly) during the hot summer months after prolonged physical exertion as this can cause the body to go into shock. Your body has to try to “warm up” the water to a natural temperature and ends up working overtime.
*Please note, drinking water with ice in it is okay. I’m not saying that.What I’m trying to say is that grabbing a litre or two and drinking fast because you are so thirsty after having chopped down trees for 4-6 hrs could potentially, not be good for your body.
The only supporting documentation online I could find, was a comment that stated: “it is plausible that a person with a pre-existing heart condition could have a heart attack from drinking ice cold water on a very hot day after completing a long period of physical activity”.
So take care to drink slowly on hot days, but, indeed drink up as water will benefit you in many ways!
If you are not a fan of drinking water check out my other posts with “water recipes”.
Maybe you will find one that you enjoy!
Posted on May 5, 2014, in Click HERE to read my day to day posts of my "100LB WeightLoss Journey ", Uncategorized and tagged #100LBWeightLossJourney, #thefitpartners, drinking water, getting healthy, healthy lifestyle, healthy-living, lose weight, losing weight, water, water and health, water recipes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.