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Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Twice a month I go to a weight loss support group. It's run my the hospital where I live. Last week, the topic was staying hydrated during summer months, and during the discussion, I had a bit of an "a-ha" moment.

Now, I've known forever that thirst can mimmick hunger. What I hadn't really noticed before this discussion though, was that on the days when I don't drink as much, I tend to graze all day. I think it really hit me because I've been tracking my water more closely lately. I'd been low on water for a few days before support group - around 32-48 oz. a day, and I'd had serious cases of the munchies.

It hadn't occurred to me that the munchies were a direct result of dehydration... That I might be snacking when what I really needed was a glass of water!

It's probably not coincidental that this happened during the few days last week when I hadn't been logging my water every day.

Now my sipping habit is back on track.


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KATRENIAH 7/3/2013 4:52PM

    Good for you for coming to such an important realization. Isn't it amazing how we can suddenly figure something out that then seems so logical?

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/2/2013 7:04PM

    That's great that you learned that! I am sure that tip will definitely help you!

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CORTNEY-LEE 7/2/2013 4:41PM

    Good news! Thanks for reminding me about this! I always put hydration to the back burner, but you are right! It is important for so many reasons!

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ANDYLIN90 7/2/2013 3:08PM

    Love the cow picture and your ah ha moment which I will definitely keep in mind. Thanks for posting.

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LINDAKAY228 7/2/2013 11:42AM

    Good for you!

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    Thirst does mimic hunger because the signals for both come from the same area of the brain - and when we actually feel thirsty, what we really are is dehydrated!

Drinking enough water has been a huge part of my success here on SP.

You may want to check out this hydration calculator for an eyeopening revelation of just how much water you might require:

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PATTYR81 7/2/2013 10:27AM

    I LOVE the up-close-and-personal cow pic!!

THANKS for sharing your experience- On my vaca I felt like I was hungry all the time and now I know it was probably cuz I was THIRSTY! DUH for ME! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/2/2013 10:10AM

    I am so happy that you cracked the code!

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WOUBBIE 7/2/2013 9:44AM

    Absolutely! I tend to notice this more on the weekend, when I'm not at my desk with my workday water-drinking routine. I KNOW I'm not really hungry but I feel like "I could eat something". Sure enough, drink some water and within 15 or 20 minutes the munchies ebb away. Good catch!


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MSKRIS7 7/2/2013 9:37AM

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IAMZBEE 7/2/2013 9:35AM

    Wow, that's interesting. Goes to show how important tracking just about EVERYTHING is. emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 7/2/2013 9:24AM

    That is interesting. I had not thought of that before

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EMILY0724 7/2/2013 9:10AM

    Maybe I need to pay more attention. I "know" that thirst can be mistaken for hunger, but I don't recall a time I noticed it. Something to think about. thanks for posting!

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