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Weight Loss is Unattainable without Proper Hydration
Many of us spend an unbelievable amount of time in search of the perfect diet to aid with weight loss, but we tend to neglect other important issues in our diet. We all know how healthy water is for our bodies. Water acts as a natural detoxifier. It helps us to purge impurities from the body and helps to keep our skin clear. Yet so many of us donít even know how much water we drink each day. And not surprisingly many of us simply donít drink enough water. As a result, we sometimes never experience the weight loss we desire.

Water: The One True "Must-Have" Beverage
Drinking the proper amount of water for your body weight will aid your weight loss efforts. Sometimes individuals mistake thirst and hunger. Individuals who are not properly hydrated might eat something when they perceive themselves to be hungry. In reality they are actually thirsty and probably dehydrated.

It is important to keep track of the foods we eat, but what we drink is as equally important. Itís not a good idea to consume high calorie drinks on a regular basis. The more liquids you drink that arenít water, the less likely you will be to drink enough water. That can easily lead to dehydration, and unfortunately the human body does not always tell us when we are dehydrated. If you are serious about weight loss, you have to get serious about monitoring your water consumption.

How Much Is Enough?
So, how many fluid ounces of water must you consume in a given day? The answer is that it all depends several factors. One of them is the amount of physical activity that you perform in a given day. One of my bodybuilder friends would consume his body weight in fluid ounces. That would be 220 fluid ounces of water each day. That amount of water consumption is overkill for most people.

A more reasonable target would be to consume fluid ounces equal to half your body weight in lbs. For example, a 160 lbs person would consume 90 fluid ounces of water each day. Ultimately, itís unhealthy to drink less than 64 ounces of water a day, which is equal to two quarts. You should at least aim for this mark in order to aid weight loss and stay properly hydrated.



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