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How Much Water is Needed?

How much water are you supposed to drink everyday? Well that question can be answered in a variety of ways depending on who you ask. I've heard experts say so many different

things that it's kind of hard to consider any of them actually experts. I'm sure you've heard the philosophy of drinking a gallon of water everyday. How about the one that says to take your bodyweight (we'll use 200 lbs for this), divide that number in half (100), and that is how many ounces you need to drink per day. Some say to drink an 8 oz. first thing when you wake up. Do you get to pee first?

My take on this is simple. When you're thirty, have a drink, enough to quench your thirst. It really is that simple. Our bodies are designed to tell us things like that. Same as when our body tells us we're hungry, tired, or hot.

Some diet and weight loss gurus will say you need to drink _____ oz of water a day. Based on what? A blanket statement like that doesn't take any specifics of the person and their lifestyle or daily activities into account. Let's just say though that you're following a weight loss plan that has you drinking a gallon of water per day. Spread out through the day it's reasonable depending on what activities you participate in. But, if you don't exercise, work in a cubicle, sit in traffic, and maybe take a walk, you're not burning very many calories. Plus, do you realize a gallon of water weighs 8lbs? You're adding 8 lbs everyday just in water! How are you going to lose weight following that plan?

Drink water when you're thirsty. When you're not thirsty, it's because your body doesn't need any hydration at the moment. That's all there is to it. If you want to really get some scientifically geeked out info on the subject, click on the pic above for an article from the CrossFit journal.

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