Can being Dehydrated keep you from Losing Weight?
Simple answer: Yes!
Because water helps your body burn calories and if you are dehydrated your metabolism slows down.
Not only does your metabolism slow down, but you are more likely to eat more, and crave more sugar and fat which all contribute to those extra pounds you are seeing.
When you’re dehydrated there is a loss of energy and you feel tired. To replenish that energy you tend to confuse dehydration with hunger and eat more which also leads to weight gain.
So how can you tell if you are getting enough water? Here are some indicators to measure up against:
- Do you feel thirsty?
- Is your urine dark yellow?
- Are you peeing less than 4 times a day?
- Do you constantly feel tired?
- Dry mouth, lips, or eyes?
Don’t worry, we got you! If you think you’re experiencing dehydration, or what to avoid it altogether, here are some tips you can follow:
- Set an alarm for every hour for 8 hours to alert you to consume 6-8oz of water.
- Eat foods high in water such as melons and berries
- Make sure you up your water intake on days your exercise
- Add in some electrolytes to your water. Electrolytes are minerals that help regulate and control the balance of fluids in the body.
- Pack a water bottle with you so you never have to go without