Test the water, lose the weight!

Drink more water they say. It’s good for you they say.

It’s drilled into us that we must drink more water but with so many sources telling us how much we should drink, it’s hard to know if we’re actually drinking enough.

Men should drink 2.5 litres of water a day while women should have an intake of 2 litres per day according to the The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This is not just in glasses of water though, food also has a high percentage of water that our bodies use up.

The BBC documentary ‘The Truth About Food’ found that coffee and fruit juices are just as hydrating as water itself. So if your taste buds don’t take too kindly to plain water, at least drink something that you’ll enjoy helps hydrate.

The EFSA say 70-80 per cent of our daily water intake should come from drinks, and 20-30 per cent should come from food. Foods rich in watery goodness include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal and beans.

Eating these sorts of foods will also get you healthy and energised ready for that all important exercise!

While working out or training, it’s important to regularly sip water – this is to keep your performance level at its best whilst being just short of having you running to the toilet again and again.

It’s also important to rehydrate after exercise as well. This is also best done through sipping rather than gulping a load of water in one go. Dehydration is a big cause of many common health related issues.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you can tell if you’re dehydrated if you have any of the following signs: constipation, dark yellow or brown urine, a dry, sticky mouth, few or no tears when crying, headaches, increased thirst, muscle tiredness, sleepiness or tiredness.

Now that you’re all clued up on how to use water, the good news that all this fluid intake is also going to help you lose weight.

Being well hydrated allows your body to function as it should so that it can concentrate on putting into action all your hard work to lose weight.

Drinking fluids half an hour before meals is most effective helping you to feel more full and sipping throughout will leave you less room to overeat.

Get in touch for more weight loss advice.

Eileen Larder, Independent Weight Plan Consultant 07784 333 851 0116 288 9449