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How Much Water Should I Drink To Lose Weight?


How Much Water Should I Drink To Lose Weight?

Water is an essential nutrient for the body. Over 80% of your body is water and you’ll die of thirst before you die of starvation.

It’s needed for numerous purposes in the body including being a constituent of the body fluids and aiding in digestion.

Many people do not drink enough water and so actually damage their chances of weight loss and a healthy body.

Indeed, many common drinks such as tea, coffee, soda and alcohol are diuretics and so actually dehydrate you further. Seems strange that drinking a beer will dehydrate you but it’s entirely true.

Indeed, the hangover you get the morning after a heavy night at the bar is actually your body reacting to being severely dehydrated. And the best remedy I have found is some painkillers and loads and loads of fluids.

The diet experts say you should consume 2-3 litres of water every day.

This doesn’t have to be in the form of plain water - though this is the best form if you can cope with it.

Foods such as fruits and salads also have a high water content and so can contribute to this daily total.

I have found that when eating six small meals a day as I do to help me lose weight, I aim to consume around 500ml (a pint) of water with each meal.

That’s roughly 2 glasses of water with every meal. It not only helps to hydrate you but also fills up your stomach so you need to eat less food before feeling satisfied which also helps with weight loss.

That is just a standard “rule of thumb” for easy, everyday use.

There is one more thing you need to know about - and that is how much water to drink during exercise.

As I’m sure you can imagine all that panting and sweating uses up far more water than normal everyday life and so during exercise you need to adopt another policy to prevent dehydration.

Ideally weigh yourself before and after exercise and for every 1lb of weight you lose during exercise, drink 750ml of fresh water.

And please - drink this water whether you feel thirsty or not because nutritionists have found that by the time you feel thirsty you have been dehydrated for 20-30 minutes which your body simply cannot afford when you’re undergoing an extreme diet and exercise program to help you lose weight.

Oh, and one more warning. Start this water drinking when you’re not at work. For the first week or so it will take your body a little while to get used to all these fluids and you’ll likely be in and out of the bathroom like a nutter!

Highly embarrassing if you’re at work. The last thing you want is your boss calling you “slack bladder”!!!

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