Sunday, March 6, 2016

4 Things that might Happen if you Drink a Gallon of Water a Day

Good old H2O, you have heard it before..."drink your water people".  Funny thing is I get a lot of excuses from people why they don't (or say they can't do it).  So let's have a look.  First off, 1 gallon of water is 16 cups. It sounds like a lot, but considering that your body is made up of 60 percent water, it sort of makes sense that you'd need about that much to keep things running smoothly. Here, seven things that might happen if you drank a gallon of water every day. (And yes, we've tried it.)

  1. Bloating - drinking alot of water all at once will tend to make you feel full and bloated especially around the midsection.  Ideally, you should drink water throughout the day and in small volumes (sipping rather than gulping)
  2. Quality time in the restroom - first comes the bloat, then comes the flush...this is your body flushing out excess sodium that your body is holding onto.  Staying hydrated also helps you stay regular and helps your body break down food more easily (you want this to reduce that waistline).  One other bonus here is that extra trips to the restroom, means extra steps on your FitBit (or other tracker).  
  3. You just might eat less in every meal - one great strategy to control your portion and volume of food is to have a glass of water before you sit down to your meal and to avoid drinking anything while you are eating your meal.  Drinking the glass prior to a meal helps to fill your body.  Not drinking while eating somewhat forces you to slow down, chew your food more, take smaller bites all of which are better for digestion and gives your body time to indicate to you when you are indeed full.
  4. You will Crush it At Boot Camp - Hydrate before and during your workouts.  Water gets everything moving more efficiently in your body and helps to lubricate joints.  It transports oxygen and glucose to your muscles giving you more energy so you can do more for longer. 

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