Through my experience, I have found that ALMOST EVERYONE doesn’t drink enough water.
Why is this such a huge problem?
Our bodies are made up of about 60 to 75 percent of water!
Lack of water can cause serious issues with our organs running properly.
Loss in body water can drastically DROP your physical performance.
Did you know that not enough water can cause glucose build-up, eventually resulting in MORE fat storage?!
Want to lose fat? DRINK WATER.
So, how do you know that you’re drinking enough water?
It’s funny how normal this conversation goes-
“Do you want something to drink?”
“No, thanks. I’m not thirsty.”
(I’m left thinking, “…soooo???”)
If you are waiting to drink until you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
I consume water so much throughout the day. With increased muscle mass and water making up almost 80 percent of my muscles, water is ALWAYS essential and has only increased for me over time. So yes, I pee. A lot. It’s something that you’ll just have to get used to. (LOL)
Calculating Your Daily Water Intake
(These totals are only recommendations, but it is a close estimate.)
Chart is based from the ISSA.
What is your lifestyle like?
0.5 – Sedentary, non-active lifestyle. Exercise is very rare.
0.6 – Light training. Light walking or jogging every so often.
0.7 – Moderate training. Running, jogging, or light lifting a few times a week.
0.8 – Moderate training daily.
0.9 – Heavy weight training daily.
1.0 – Heavy weight training and intense exercise a couple times a day.
Multiply your body weight by your need factor. This will give you the recommended daily amount of water you need in ounces.
A girl is 120 pounds. She jogs 3 times per week, making her need factor 0.7.
120 x 0.7 = 84 ounces of water daily.
Let’s say this girl has an 8 ounce water bottle. How many of these water bottles should she drink per day to meet her recommended water intake?
84 ounces / 8 ounces = 10.5 8 ounce water bottles
She should fill up her water bottle 10.5 times.
Do not try drinking your recommended water intake all at once.
Space it out throughout the day.
One big issue is people drinking too much pop (that’s what we call soda here in Ohio). Haha.
They complain about the taste (or tastelessness of water).
Slowly cut back your pop intake if you have an addiction.
You can use water flavor packets to help with the taste (or grab some BCAAs to throw in your water jug for the day to help with flavor AND getting in aminos)!
If you drink coffee, I recommend drinking a glass of water after each cup to make sure you remain hydrated!
Simple changes like this can lead to a big impact! Set goals to take small steps and you will have a LIFESTYLE not a “diet.” Fitness goals should always be made with the “long term” in mind.
I hope this helps! 🙂
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