It is safe to say that we are all concerned with our health and well being these days with so much emphasis being put on it. No matter where you are there are ads, commercials, postings on Facebook and many other medias that have us consider our bodies. Two things that stand out to me whether you are dieting or not is hydration and nourishment. Making sure we are getting enough water and not only eating enough but often enough are concerns you might want to take a look at.
Water – This is something that I have a difficult time with because if I am not thirsty I don’t want a drink and I get real bored with water all the time. This results in me breaking the rule and not hydrating which causes all kinds of issues for me instead of allowing my body to function properly. The following are the percentage of water in our body .
- Body – 60%
- Brain – 70%
- Lungs – 83%
- Skin – 64%
- Bones – 31%
Our bodies need to replace at least 2.2 liters or about 9 cups of water each day, this can come from both liquid and foods. Think about it, if your body is burning fat how is that and other matter going to move out of your body? I have found this trick works for me, drink 8 ounces at a time, it’s only ten large swallows for me. So even if I am drinking from a water fountain, I drink 10 or so swallows and it counts as one of my 8-10 servings per day.
Even though water is good for you, drinking too much water can be bad for you. Too much water intake can result in a condition known as hyponatremia and what happens is that the water floods your body’s cells. With these swollen cells your body may experience the following:
- Mental confusion
- Even coma and death
Stay hydrated and track your consumption, but spread it throughout the day.
Don’t skip meals – We hear it over and over again, we understand how it works yet we still skip meals. If you are committed to losing weight one of the most basic rules is do not skip meals because the simple fact is your body thinks you are going to starve it. It does not matter if you ate breakfast and then eat dinner, your body will still go into starvation mode because you skipped lunch, it can’t trust you so it will save all that you feed it just in case you decide to skip a meal.
Even if you eat something small which has been suggested in such articles as “The Truth About 6 Meals a Day for Weight Loss“, your body will learn that it can count on you for nutrition and won’t keep storing everything as far and will begin to burn its food properly. With a proper eating plan and increased exercise you will begin burning that stored fat and begin to lose weight and build muscle which in turn will help you lose weight. A win, win situation that all begins with one simple rule, do not skip meals.
Barbara Stull, creating new possibilities through writing.