One of the most important things you can do for better nutrition and a successful diet is to drink enough water. Learn about water’s vital role in your diet and in helping you lose weight.
There are many reasons why it’s important to drink water, especially while losing weight.
You have probably heard that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. How much water you actually need depends on your weight, level of activity, the temperature and humidity of your environment. On a hot day, it’s possible to lose about the equivalent of a quart of water in an hour while being active, according to the American Council on Exercise. You’ll want to drink water before, during, and after every workout.
The general recommendation is to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces. So a 180 pound person would need at least 90 ounces of water daily (more when it’s hot or if the person is active). When you drink enough water, your urine will usually be clear, or a very pale yellow. When in doubt, drink a little more.
It is possible to harm yourself by drinking too much water, but it takes quite an effort. Either through obsessive-compulsive behavior or extended athletic activity, drinking large amounts of water can dilute the electrolytes (sodium and potassium) in your blood to the point that it interferes with brain, heart and muscle function. Athletes compound the problem with the loss of sodium (salt) through sweating, but can drink electrolyte replacement drinks like Gatorade Endurance Formula to help keep things in balance.
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