When people begin a fat loss programme they are told to increase hydration levels. However, many trainers never explain to their clients the reason for this. There is a big difference between being asked to do something and having someone explain the reason why.
I always ensure that all of my clients and athletes know exactly why they are doing what they’re doing when they train with me. When hydration is increased and added to their their programme it is justified.
Every function in your body requires water. Muscles are 70% water and your brain is 80% water. If you want to achieve the highest level you can, whether this is fat loss or sports performance, you simply cannot achieve this dehydrated. Dehydration can show in many ways, such as dry skin, headaches and it even slooooows digestion.
Staying hydrated is also the best treatment for the common problem of fluid retention. When the body gets less fluid, it sees this as a threat to its survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is then stored in extracellular spaces which shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.
Another common problem is that people confuse thirst with hunger. The next time you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 5 to 10 minutes. You may be a little surprised to find that you were actually thirsty and not hungry after all.
To ensure you don’t get to this stage, you should aim to be be drinking between 8 and 12 cups of water per day. If you are exercising regularly this should be more than doubled.
If you need any more info on hydration or conditioning just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great week
Athlete & Physique Coach