One of the most important aspects of a healthy medical weight loss program is staying hydrated throughout the day. Good hydration benefits heart health and metabolism, reduces the risk of heat-related injury and can provide you with more energy during your day.
It’s important to be able to tell when your body is dehydrated. Some symptoms of being dehydrated include the following:
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
If you are sick with a fever, pregnant, are exercising or have a kidney or bladder condition, you are at an increased risk of dehydration and should make sure to drink copious amounts of water throughout your day.
How Much Water Should I Be Drinking?
The average person should drink enough water so that they urinate once every two to four hours, and their urine is lighter in color. The general rule has been eight 8oz. glasses, but following the two to four hour rule will give you a much more accurate amount for consumption.
Water is found in our food as well, so you’re getting hydrated even when you’re eating. But that’s rarely enough to sustain a body throughout a day. The only way to ensure proper hydration is to be aware and proactive in drinking water.
If you are following a medical weight loss plan, you’ll be required to form and maintain an active lifestyle. In such a case, you have to stay ahead of the hydration. If you’re feeling very thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. It’s very important to drink before, during and after any exercise routine or going out in the heat for prolonged times.
- Carry around a reusable bottle of water so that you always have some with you when you’re feeling thirsty.
- Drink a glass of water prior to eating a meal. This can also help curb your appetite so that you realize when you’re full.
- Drinking a glass of water before bed keeps you from becoming dehydrated overnight.
- Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning helps to boost metabolism.
- Ordering a glass of water at a restaurant is not only better for you than sugary sodas, it’s also significantly cheaper.