Since most of the human body is made of water, the fact that every cell, tissue, and organ requires it to perform their functions doesn’t come as a surprise.
Staying hydrated is of utmost importance when it comes to losing weight and energizing the body.
Vast majority of the chemical reactions in the body need proper hydrating, including metabolizing food. Improper hydration slows down the metabolism, which in turn disrupts the process of losing weight.
According to Web MD, “being even 1% dehydrated can cause a significant drop in metabolism.”
Drink Water to Prevent Overeating
Given the fact that the body often feels confused about whether it is hungry or thirsty, drinking sufficient amounts of water prevents overeating. Make sure you drink plenty of water before each meal to stay on the safe side. Below you have a list of the most common medical issues caused by dehydration:
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle cramps
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Dry skin, headache
Chronic dehydration may affect your organs and lead to kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, and liver, joint, and muscle damage.”
How much water should I be drinking?
It heavily depends on your weight. Needless to say, more mass requires more energy and thus more water. In order to calculate how much water you need daily, you need to know how much you weigh.
Take your current weight and divide by two. Take that number and drink that many ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 130 pounds you should drink 65 ounces of water a day.