Our body is mostly consisted of water. Every cell, tissue and organ in the body needs water to function properly.
Staying hydrated is very important for energizing the body and essential if you want to lose weight. If you are not properly hydrated, your metabolism will slow down and you will have a harder time losing weight.
Drinking more water can help you avoid numerous medical problems caused by dehydration such as: dry mouth, weakness, dizziness, fainting, heart palpitations, dry skin, headache, constipation, low blood pressure, muscle cramps, etc. It can also prevent overeating because sometimes the body might be confused whether it’s hungry or thirsty and it can lead you to eating more than you need. You can avoid this risk by drinking water before a meal.
If you are asking yourself “how much water should I be drinking?” you should know that the answer depends on your weight.
To calculate how much water you need: Take your weight and multiply by 67%. (E.g. if you weigh 133 lbs, you should drink around 89 ounces of water per day. You should also add 12 oz of water to your daily intake for every 30 minutes of moderate or heavy exercise.
Weight / Ounces of Water Daily
100 pounds –> 67 ounces
110 pounds –> 74 ounces
120 pounds –> 80 ounces
130 pounds –> 87 ounces
140 pounds –> 94 ounces
150 pounds –> 100 ounces
160 pounds –> 107 ounces
170 pounds –> 114 ounces
180 pounds –> 121 ounces
190 pounds –> 127 ounces
200 pounds –> 134 ounces
210 pounds –> 141 ounces
220 pounds –> 148 ounces
230 pounds –> 154 ounces
240 pounds –> 161 ounces
250 pounds –> 168 ounces
3 easy tricks to help you stay hydrated:
1. Add it to your daily routine – create a habit of drinking a big glass of water in the morning and at night. It will easily help you put 32 oz into reaching your goal.
2. Set small goals – Getting a cool reusable water-bottle is not only environmentally conscious, but also gives you the opportunity to draw markers on it to set smaller goals for yourself throughout the day, or keep track of your ounces using measurements on the bottle. I like to draw little markers on my water bottle for the time of day I should have finished that much water. Making it a game for yourself can be a great motivational tool.
3. Jazz up your water – Drinking large amounts of plain water can get boring over time. Add lemon, berries, cucumber, etc to add some flavor in your water. You can simply slice them up and toss them in your water or if you want to, you can buy a water diffuser.