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One empowered woman's struggle against the world
Tuesday September 17th 2019

Water’s Role in Weight Loss

As I set off on my journey to lose some weight one of the first things I will be doing is replacing my soda with water.  I grew up drinking soda, long before it was determined to be so detrimental to our health, and it is a habit I have no desire to break.  However, I love to eat good food as well so as I go through the process of losing this weight I want to make the best use of the calories I will be eating every day.  Soda, coffee and tea are just empty calories so for now I will be drinking water.

You may have heard the stories that we are all walking around in some state of dehydration and therefore need to drink more water.  That is really not true as the majority of use get the water we need daily through the foods we eat alone.  These stories are built upon the old rule that you should drink 8 – 8oz glasses of water a day.

The real truth is that we DO NOT need to drink that much water.  There is no one-size fits all.  Some people may need to drink some water to supplement what they are getting from the foods they eat and other people may not.  The best indicator for you is to pay attention to your body.  The simple test is to look at your urine (gross I know) but it is one of the better indicators.  Your urine should be clear or slightly yellow.  The darker it is the less hydrated you are.  So essentially, if you notice your pee is dark all the time then you need to get some more water.  If it is normally clear or slighty yellow but you notice it getting darker then just add a glass or two of water for the day to get you rehydrated.  No need to guzzle down 64oz of water daily.  Drink when you are thirsty and don’t when you aren’t.

Water is crucial though and we can’t survive without it so being hydrated is important.  Just pay attention to your body and give it what it needs.  Be warned that drinking too much water can be bad for you.  You can drown yourself from the inside out by drinking too much water, that is not a myth.  Massive amounts of water can dilute the mineral stores in your body causing an imbalance that can lead to death.

Now that I have scared you, let me tell you some of the benefits to making sure you are properly hydrated.

Proper hydration aids in the digestion process which directly affects the metabolism.  You want your metabolism running at peak performance all the time but especially when you are trying to lose weight.

Water keeps all those vital organs, muscles, and ligaments well lubricated inside your body.  It helps shorten post-exerise recovery time as well.

Water is great at aiding in flushing out all the toxins in your body.  This is one of the main reasons water is so crucial.  Without water the toxins would build up and kill you (there I go scaring you again…sorry).  Water aids your kidneys and urinary tract and bladder to do the jobs they are meant to.

Water is so beneficial for our skin.  When losing weight the skin has to adjust as well.  With proper hydration your skin will be better equipped to maintain its elasticity and be healthy and toned as you lose weight.  When your skin is properly hydrated it will be softer, smoother, the pores will be smaller and it will keep its balance much better.  If you have excessively oily or dry skin proper hydration can help to correct those problems.

You don’t have to go crazy with the water though to be properly hydrated.  You do have to pay attention to your body to make sure you are properly hydrated.  Drink when you are thirsty.  I will be drinking water for all the benefits listed above and because it is a no calorie drink.  I want those calories to have an extra piece of bread or add some butter so I am willing to give up the soda and trade it in for water for now.

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