I used to reference the RDA measures for water intake and discuss 3.2L for men and 2.9L for women to my clients. I would mention that some hydration comes from your food (like the 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables you should be eating everyday) and some from the liquids you drink (straight water and other beverages). Empathetically, I might quote a company that manufactures high tech body composition testing equipment who use total body water readings and admit to using a suboptimal average in their calculations because virtually everyone is dehydrated to a degree.
In Part 1 of this series I discussed where we went wrong with carbohydrates and in Part 2 I discussed where we went wrong with proteins. It only makes sense that Part 3 would consist of fats, but it’s not.Do you have any idea of what it will discuss then? I could go on and on about where we went wrong, but I’m trying to stay on track with macronutrients.
There are a lot of types of drinks to choose from on the market today. Some of them are high in calories and sugar like Frappacinos. Some believe that the sports drink is a great alternative even though most people that workout on a regular basis do not need the amount of sodium and sugar that those drinks provide. Then there is the ever popular diet soda/pop that people will consume thinking that they are saving themselves calories, when they are really doing more harm then good. At the end of the day, the best liquid you could put in your body is water.
Water is an essential part of your diet! We can survive weeks without food, but only a few days without water. The body has no way of storing water, so it needs to be constantly replenished from lost through sweat and urination. A minimum of 8 glasses of water daily is suggested and more when it is hot or an individual is engaged in sports or exercise. If you are already thirsty, chances are you may already be dehydrated.
I’m trying something new. Some of my clients asked for a challenge, so I created Healthy Habits Challenges for the rest of this year. The first challenge starts this month. We’re doing a 21-day AB Challenge and a Water Challenge. Why not a 30 day challenge? Because it takes 21 days to create a habit and most people fall off after 2 weeks, so let’s see if 3 weeks works.I’ve posted the 21-Day AB Challenge here and on my other social media sites: