When you are dehydrated, metabolism, those chemical processes that keeps your body chugging along, provides you with energy, and keeps those calories burning, run less efficiently. Keeping yourself hydrated helps to keep those chemical processes running more efficiently, helping you to burn more calories and lose weight. However, if you are already drinking enough water and keeping yourself hydrated, drinking more water is not going to make much of a difference. Furthermore, at a certain point, excessive water consumption can be bad for you, very bad.
So how much water should you be drinking?
The rule of thumb used to be to have eight cups a day. In fact, that is what my doctor's assistant recommended. However, that rule of thumb is old school thinking. The amount of water each person should be drinking varies depending on several factors such as what sort of climate you live in, how active you are, and especially, your body weight. To get an idea of how much water you should be drinking, please use the water calculator located on this page.
Here are a few tips about water that you need to know:
- Drink water throughout the day, rather than drinking it all at one time.
- If you are hungry, try drinking water before turning to food. Your body may be telling you that you are dehydrated.
- Drinking water before a meal may help you to eat less.
- Drink a glass of water after every meal to help your digestion.
- Keep a glass or bottle of water while at work and while going for long walks.
- You are better off drinking water than soda (even the diet variety), fruit juice (especially juice from frozen concentrate), and alcoholic beverages. Try to limit your intake of soda, fruit juice and alcoholic beverages.
- Staying sufficiently hydrated helps your digestive system to work more efficiently and reduces the chance of getting kidney stones.
- The updated My Fitness Pal app (Android | iOS) now lets you keep track of your water consumption.
- The color of your urine is a good indicator of your level of hydration: Clear or light urine means you are sufficiently hydrated. Darker urine indicates that you should be drinking more water.