When it comes to fitness, particularly weight loss, most people are eager to find ways to speed up the process and make it easier. While there are no quick fixes, there are some surprisingly simple ways to increase your results, get healthier and make your workout and diet efforts more effective.
How Does Water Intake Affect Weight Loss?
Water affects weight loss in a couple of different ways. First, if you are dehydrated, it means your kidneys aren't functioning properly. When this occurs, your liver, which is responsible for metabolizing fat, can't do its job as effectively because it is busy trying to remove toxins. Staying hydrated ensures that your kidneys and liver are functioning optimally, which means that your body is better able to rid itself of toxins and burn fat.
Getting enough water also means that you feel fuller, longer. Of course, a glass of water won't replace a meal, but if you’re feeling hungry and you drink a full glass of water, it can help curb appetite. In addition, getting adequate fluids boosts energy and metabolism, which supports overall health and activity levels. You simply won't have the energy to workout if you are dehydrated.
Watch Out For Hydration Stealers
The best way to hydrate is with water. Drinking beverages such as coffee, tea, soda and alcohol can rob you of your hydration. Coffee and tea have a diuretic effect that can cause you to lose valuable water. Alcohol has a similar effect.
How Much Water Should I Drink Each Day?
There are varying opinions on this. Some experts advocate drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Others encourage more and some say less. Individual water intake may vary from person to person. The most important thing to do is drink when you feel thirsty, or before you feel thirsty. Thirst is your body's way of telling you that it needs water.
Be sure to increase water intake when you are active and when it is hot outside. If you’re sweating, you need to replace those fluids.
If you forget to drink water, set reminders on your phone, leave yourself notes or devise a system that lets you know how much water you have consumed in a day.
How Personal Training Helps Build Good Habits
If you are struggling with developing good fitness and nutrition habits, a personal trainer can help. Change isn't easy. If you’re trying to achieve your fitness goals and are having trouble, personal training can give you the boost you need. Ralph Roberts can create a custom fitness plan for you that fits your lifestyle. You can find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.
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