Who would have thought that something as easy as drinking enough water would help you lose weight? Well, it’s true. Studies show that adequate hydration levels will increase muscular endurance which has a direct impact on higher metabolism. As described in previous articles, metabolism is the rate at which energy is created and expended.
Scott et al.1 discovered that under-hydration negatively affects phosphor-creatine production in endurance exercise. This means that less energy is available for use. If lower hydration levels affect this critical chemical in energy production, metabolism in turn will be negatively affected.
To figure your individual water intake divide your weight by 2.2 and that’s how many ounces of water you should have per day.
With the start of a resistance training program, more water will be lost through sweat, which means water levels will have to increase. And you should also avoid caffeinated beverages due to their diuretic effect it on the body.
A good rule of thumb is that thirst/dry mouth and anything darker than clear urine is the best indication of dehydration.
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