CAN DEHYDRATION STOP WEIGHT LOSS? short answer Yup! Spring has sprung, the pleasant weather has you motivated to move, and you’re working towards your goal of a healthy lifestyle, but you still feel like you’re dragging a little or the scale stops moving. Chances are a big under looked problem, dehydration.

Dehydration can negatively affect your mood and concentration, as well as your physical performance.

While it is important to stay hydrated for normal daily activities, it is especially important for more intense exercise.  If you are dehydrated, you may feel fatigued more quickly, causing your workouts to be difficult or even unpleasant.   You put the effort into staying positive and motivated towards exercise, don’t let dehydration get in the way of your routine.

How can you tell if you are dehydrated?

Pay attention to your urine. When you are well hydrated, you will need to urinate every 2-4 hours.  It should be pale in color.  If you have gone for a much longer time without urinating, or the color is very dark, you may be dehydrated.

Do a “pinch test”.  Skin can change shape and return to normal due to its elasticity or turgor. Try pinching up a bit of skin on the back of your hand.  If it does not return to its regular shape immediately, you may need more water.

You have a headache.  Your brain is over 70% water and keeping it hydrated is important for motor skills, focus and memory.  Dehydration causes your brain to shrink a little and your blood vessels to constrict.

Other signs can be thirst (but not always), muscle cramps, and even bad breath!

Rather than waiting to experience some of these unpleasant symptoms, get your hydration in gradually throughout the day.  Try these tips:

-Start your day by drinking a full glass of water. 

-Add slices of citrus fruit or cucumbers to your water if you find plain water too boring.

-Pack your plate with veggies and other hydrating foods.  You can find more info about from my past blogs “Top 6 Hydrating Foods” or “The Truth About Water”

-Keep a large refillable (ideally glass) container with you so you can sip water throughout the day.

Hydration is one of the many variables so important to overall good health.  It is beneficial to help you avoid post-workout soreness, keep your digestive tract moving, and of course, aid in weight loss.

Best source of hydrating is water

I always suggest plain water be your go-to beverage for hydration instead of a sports drink.  But if you find that you need an alternative, it is best to reach for something that does NOT contain extra salt, sugar, or artificial sweeteners or “natural” flavors cooked up in a lab (ugh).  Read those labels!  You may be surprised to see the ingredients in your favorite beverage.

If you’d like to chat directly about the best way for you to hydrate, set up a FREE 15-minute conversation with me here or 862-251-8989

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