Are You Mistaking Your Thirst For Hunger?

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In today’s transformation coaching session you will learn how adequate hydration can help with fat loss

Water is the most important nutrient in your diet.

A typical man is made up of around 60% water

A woman around 50%

& our brains around 75%

While we can survive weeks without food, we can only survive a small number of days without water

So it’s pretty freaking important!

Daily water intake helps us replenish the water lost through our bodily processes such as urination, sweating and breathing. When water is not replaced we become dehydrated.

Imagine, we can lose around 1.4-2.8 litres of water per day.

Here are a few stats for you just to show how important it is:

At 1% dehydration, we become thirsty & have reduced concentration

At 5% we become hot & tired with decreased performance

At 10% delirium and blurred vision kick in

And at 20% dehydration, it can be fatal

There are many functions of water but we’re not going to bog you down with the science! Let’s face it, you are here because you want to know how it helps you lose weight!

Firstly, water is a natural appetite suppressant. Often we think we are hungry when in fact we are just thirsty.

A study of 50 people showed that those who drank water 30 mins before each meal consumed less calories & in turn lost more body fat than those who didn’t.

Next – Fat Burning

The process of burning fat as energy is called Lipolysis. Water molecules interact with fat molecules to make this happen. So if you are not drinking enough water, fat simply cannot be broken down.

Also, when we drink water our body has to process it which temporarily increases your metabolic rate, or the amount of calories we burn. This can be up to 25-30% of an increase. Now if the water is cold, the body has to work harder, burning more calories, to heat the water up to body temperature.

And then there is Working Out

When we work out we lose water through sweat and respiration (aka breathing), which means this water needs to be replenished.

Lack of water can leave us feeling tired and can cause muscle cramp, meaning our workout is affected.

So proper hydration will allow us to train harder and in turn burn more calories.

Lastly, we want to look at Toxins & Waste

Water helps the kidneys filter out toxins and waste and keeps our electrolytes balanced. Dehydration can result in constipation, leaving you bloated, tired and feeling heavy. In fact on the scales you will be heavier and bloating can add inches to your waistline, skewing your measurements.

So the big question is – How much water do you need?

Well that all depends on weight, activity level and your environment.

The more you weigh, the more water you need.

The more active you are, the more water you need.

And the hotter your environment, the more water you need as you will lose water through sweat.

For example – an adult weighing 60kg / 132lbs should drink about 2.5litres a day and an adult weighing 80kg / 176lbs should drink about 3.5litres a day

Let’s Recap:

Over 50% of your body is made of water

Water acts as an appetite suppressant

Water is crucial for the fat burning process

Proper hydration helps with performance, allowing you to train harder and burn more calories

It also helps with flushing toxins and waste from the body

And the amount of water you require depends on your weight, activity level and environment

Now go grab yourself a glass of water!


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