Drinking water when losing weight is something that has been scientifically proven to work. The point, however, is that we are trying to drink more water, but that we do not know if it is enough or if it is getting out of hand.
Many people go completely crazy on water, whether it is for weight loss or to get better skin. However, drinking too much water can be very dangerous.
Excessive consumption of water is considered an eating disorder. Examples of eating disorders are:
The eating disorder characterized by drinking too much water is called potomania. People who suffer from this often drink more than four liters of water a day, and they do so with the intention of filling their stomach and therefore not getting hungry.
People who suffer from potomania run the risk of having a sodium deficiency in their blood (hyponatremia). This can rise to an alarmingly low level that can even cause a coma. Those are of course the extreme cases.
Drink water based on your weight
The water requirement is closely related to weight. The larger or heavier a person is, the more water he needs. However, you must also take into account whether or not someone leads a physically active life.
It is sometimes said that you only have to drink if you are thirsty because your kidneys will otherwise be overloaded. However, the moment we begin to get thirsty, we are already in the first stage of dehydration. The body, when it detects that it is not getting enough water, is already starting to retain water here to have reserves in an emergency.
That is why it is important to drink water regularly to prevent water retention. With the following formula, we can drink exactly enough water so that:
- our body does not retain any liquids
- we also do not unnecessarily burden our kidneys
It is a formula based on body weight. The amount of water you need to consume is 32 ml per day for every kilo of body weight. A person weighing 60 kg should drink 1920 ml of water, which is the same as 1.92 liters. Calculate it, do you drink all the water you need to lose weight?
How can I remind myself to drink enough water before losing weight?
You may be surprised at how much water you should drink, and you may wonder how you can remember doing all this in one day. There are some tips that you can follow to drink enough water when losing weight.
Before each meal
You can drink a large glass of water before every meal. This way you make it more difficult to forget to drink. In addition, it will help your digestion, as it ensures that the digestion of food in the body goes faster.
After every toilet visit
Drink a glass of water every time you have been to the toilet. This is one of the most effective ways to keep your hydration at a constant level.
Morning and evening
Immediately after getting up, drink a glass of water in the morning and another just before you go to bed. Drinking cold water in the morning on an empty stomach seems to activate the metabolism, and being hydrated at night can help your body to filter impurities.
If none of these methods work for you, you can create a daily list on which you mark one for each glass of water you drink.
At work you can remind yourself to drink a glass of water on arrival, another halfway through the morning, during lunch and before you leave. Maybe this method works better for you.
In short, water is very important to lead a healthy life and works wonders when losing weight. For this, you must remember to drink as much water as you have calculated for yourself according to the formula. It will work better than you think.