“Have you been getting all of your water in?”  “How’s your water drinking going?” “Are you able to get at least the 64 oz. of water in each day? “  I’m sure you’ve heard it asked in one way or another every single time you come in to weigh in with us.  Getting repetitive??  It should be!  We ask because not only is water so important to weight loss, but not getting in the same amount each day can affect your weight more than you’d think.  We all have days that we get less water in than others, but why does it matter?  Our bodies love consistency, especially when it comes to hydration.  If you remember, when you first start drinking the proper amount of water, you can feel very full, bloated, use the restroom a lot, etc.  Eventually, though, your body gets used to it and LOVES it!  You have finally given your body the ability to let go of all that extra water weight you’ve been carrying around for so long!  Just by giving your body the water it needs, you are telling your body to calm down, that it will be getting more water on a regular basis, and it doesn’t need to store any unnecessarily anymore.  Relief!  Just be sure to remain consistent with it so your body doesn’t get thrown off balance again.  One dehydrating day could lead to having a little water retention the next day and make your weight go up a bit, which is something to be aware of if you have an unexplained weight gain on your scale one day.

I’ve heard the question asked before if there is such a thing as drinking too much water.  The answer to that is yes.  It’s a condition called hyponatremia, which is simply over-hydration.  This, for the most part, is only a danger to athletes who perform in endurance events, usually long distance, and soldiers during military training.  For the general population, this isn’t too big of a concern.  Our bodies adapt to increasing water consumption by producing more urine to eliminate excess water.  Base your water intake on how much weight you want to lose and how active you are.   Sixty-four ounces of water is recommended for everyone, but add in 8 additional ounces for every 25 pounds you want to lose.  For example, if you have 50 pounds to lose, you would add 16 additional ounces to your regular 64 ounces to get a set amount of 80 ounces per day.  In addition to that, if you are including exercise into your day, get another 8 ounces for every 30 minutes you work out to help replace the water lost during exercise.

Our bodies are 60% water, and depending on your age, gender and amount of muscle and fat you’re carrying, that percentage could be higher or lower.  Our water helps carry the water soluble vitamins (C and the B’s) throughout the body to be absorbed more effectively.  Water aids in weight loss and helps relieve constipation.  Need any other reasons to get your water in each day??  I didn’t think so.  Keep your progress going by keeping that water going!