Water, water everywhere!
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Tired, lethargic or even sleepy
- Decreased in going to the toilet
- Urine is more yellow in colour
All of these are the early signs of dehydration and more than likely, we have all experienced them to a great or lesser extent. So now we know what we are looking out for, how much water should you be drinking? Well that can vary according to a number of factors including your own body, the external environment (particularly if it is very hot), the amount of exercise you undertake and what your diet is like. All of these can impact on your bodies need for water. Experts suggest anywhere from 1 – 3 litres per day.
Now if all that is not enough to motivate you to drink more water in your day, I am not sure what we can do to help you. I would say that one of the biggest bonuses for drinking water when you are trying to lose weight is the impact it has on your appetite. Trust me when I say, if you are feeling a bit peckish, drink 2 large glasses of water and see what happens. Almost instantly the hungry feeling will pass. Further, if you constantly sip on water it will keep that starving feeling at bay so you need crash and pig out.
Another sneaky way to get more water into your diet is to mix things up with sparkling or mineral water. These can also feel like a great alternative to high-sugar fizzy drinks. You can almost always get sparkling water at restaurants and bars and you can even enjoy it in a wine glass so you don’t feel like you are missing out.
And as a final tip – get high tech with your water consumption. There are TONS of great apps you can put on your phone to help remind you to drink water. Try out a few and see how this helps.