There are several reasons why taking in enough hydrating fluid is important. Water is helpful in normal body function, as well as helpful when you may be experiencing fluid retention or constipation. In regards to weight loss, being adequately hydrated suppresses your appetite and helps with fat metabolism. Often times we feel we are hungry for something, but we are actually thirsty! Try drinking a glass of water before going for something to eat, and you may find you don’t need that snack.
So how much water should you be drinking? 64 ounces each day is the goal. However, there are reasons why you may need even more. If you are in extreme temperatures (ahem, 115 degrees perhaps??), engaging in rigorous activity, traveling on an airplane, or if you are ill, you may need as much as 96 ounces of water.
The good news is, you don’t have to drink only water to get hydrated! As long as a beverage is not carbonated, not caffeinated, and is less than 15 calories per 8 ounce serving, you can count it as a hydrating beverage. Examples include Crystal Light, Propel, Decaf tea/coffee, and even sugar free popsicles. So be diligent about getting in your fluids each and every day…particularly this time of year!