The body is composed of 70% water, which needs to be replenished
constantly. Water naturally suppresses the appetite and helps the body to
metabolize stored fat.
You often see big results on any type of weight loss plan during the first week.
Much of this initial loss is due to water loss. It’s important to continue drinking
water because it is THE MOST IMPORTANT NUTRIENT IN THE BODY.
It is crucial to stay hydrated during exercise to avoid overheating or throwing
your heart rate into overdrive. Many headaches and muscle cramps that start
during a workout are due to dehydration.
Have you ever felt swollen on a hot, summer day? The swelling is a result of
dehydration. When you don’t drink enough water, the body holds onto every
drop, which is what creates swelling.
Water also gives the muscles the natural ability to contract and helps prevent
sagging of the skin after weight loss.
Water is responsible for flushing out waste in the body.
How much water is necessary?
On average, a person should drink eight 8 oz glasses of water every day. An
individual that is overweight should drink more. Someone who is trying to
increase lean body mass (build muscle) also requires more water. (This is
because muscles are made up of approximately 80% water.)
When exercising, drink 6-12 oz before you start and 6-12 oz every 20 minutes
during your activity. For intense workouts that last longer than one hour, you
will need to replenish electrolytes in addition to water. Sports drinks (like
Gatorade) are good for situations like these. Select drinks that contain
sodium, potassium, and chloride.