Blog written for Visualize Fitness
You should always be trying to drink enough water throughout your day, especially if you’ve begun a new workout routine or you are trying to lose weight. Your body is going through changes as you soldier on your quest for fitness and it needs water to help you through.
Here are some reasons to consider trying to stay hydrated:
‘Water – weight’
You’ve probably heard it before, “The first ten pounds is water weight”. Your body is moving around and your lymphatic system is pumping. You need to make sure that you are replenishing the water that your body needs to survive so you don’t get dehydrated. The process of burning calories needs a good supply of water in order to work properly. Dehydration actually SLOWS the fat burning process.
When you burn calories, the leftovers are toxins like the exhaust of a car. Water helps to flush those toxins out of your body. Also, when you start in on the fat burn it is possible that you’ve been carrying around some toxins in those fat cells. You want to get those out of your system as quickly as possible!
A person who is dehydrated will have less blood volume which causes a reduction in the oxygen supplies to your muscles. This will make you feel tired and might make workouts more difficult for you. Water lubricates your joints and assists your muscles with their movement. When you are first starting out, getting to a session or class may already seem daunting, don’t add to it by dehydrating yourself.
If you are also eating a proper diet while you work out, it is likely that you are eating lots of food that is great for you…but also contains a hefty amount of fibre. The last thing you want is to feel bloated and stuck up when you are trying to work out, or in general throughout your day. Fibre is great for your digestive system, but without a good amount of water you won’t be able to eliminate it easily.
The ‘Full’ Feeling
When you begin to restrict your intake of calories and up your burn, drinking lots of water will help you to feel less hungry. Just make sure that you aren’t under-consuming either. If you aren’t consuming enough calories, your body may go into a starvation mode, which isn’t healthy. Talk to your personal trainer or a registered dietician about what your calorie consumption should be. Remember, if you are still feeling ravenous after eating your allowance and drinking your fill, there may be other things at play. Always talk to your doctor before setting out on an intensive fitness plan of any kind.
Remember, it is very difficult to drink too much water for your body to handle. That is, unless of course you have a pre-existing medical condition. Drink as much water as you can, every day and spread it throughout your day. At first, it may seem like you are going to the bathroom every fifteen minutes, but eventually your body will regulate itself.
Best of luck on your journey to fitness and health!