Sunday, April 14, 2013

You Should be Drinking Water and Plenty of It!

I tell all of my clients that they need to drink at least 3 liters of water every day; it doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re a guy, if you’re a girl, or how much you weigh… you need to be drinking a minimum of 3 liters of water every day! Not only is water great for the body and you only need it to survive, but if you’re drinking enough it actually increases fat oxidation in the body! One way to tell that you’re taking in enough water is when you’re working out you shouldn't feel thirsty, or feel the need to go get a drink; no matter how hard you’re working out. If you do get thirsty when you’re working out then it is too late and believe it or not you’re actually dehydrated! Being dehydrated actually slows fat oxidation, or in other words the burning away of fat for fuel for the body. It also makes you feel crappy, and drastically effects your performance levels.

If you drink any flavored beverages as well like sodas, juices, sweet teas, etc. they are loaded with sugar and empty calories; meaning that you’ll drink them but you’re not going to feel full even though there are calories in them. So if you could just cut out all flavored drinks and replace them with water you’re already cutting out hundreds of thousands of calories which can help you lose up to anywhere around 10lbs a year alone!

A lot of you may think that it’s way too hard to drink all that water in a day, it’s not! Just divide your day up into thirds. 9am-1pm drink 1 liter, 1pm-4pm drink one liter, and 4pm-8pm drink one liter. As a rule of thumb as well, it’s better to get your water in the day before you actually exercise rather than the day of. Reason being is so that the body can flush out its system of any toxins and it takes time to get hydrated.

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