Water is the most abundant substance in your body. up to 75% of you is water and over 70% of the food you eat is water too. When you are dehydrated your body slows down and when I slows down – I mean everything;
- Your thinking slows down
- Your energy drops
- You become tired and don’t think as clearly
- You’ll get hunger cravings
- Your metabolism slows down
- You burn fat slower
If you become over 20% dehydrated – you can die.
Water helps your liver metabolise fat when dieting and it also helps your body store glucose as glycogen. Both are important if you want to be lean and toned. Aside from this drinking water helps to give you that feeling of being full which will ward off carvings.
How much is enough?
The govenment recommend amount is set out at 8-10 glasses per day. This is stupid for 3 reasons.
- How big is a glass?
- Different sized people need different quantities of water
- More active people need more water
The International Sports Medicine Institute has a different formula: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten 8-ounce glasses of water for the 160-pounder), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13-to-14 glasses per day at the same weight.
I aim to get between 2-4 litres of water per day and advise my clients do the same. Just drink!
Water is great for other reasons. In April of 2002, researchers at Loma Linda University found that people who drank five 8-ounce glasses of water daily were about half as likely to die of coronary heart disease as those who drank two glasses of water or less.
Although drinking water is important, don’t get carried away and drink too much. Having too much water in the body can lead to hyponatremia – when the plasma sodium content reaches a level below 135 milliequivalents/liter. A good rule of thumb, if you feel like you’ve swallowed a fish bowl perhaps you’ve had enough…