SHF Biggest Loser Week 2 Tip: Stay Hydrated!

It’s Wednesday and it’s Week 2 of our St. Hope Biggest Loser Challenge. This week we would like you to drink as much water as possible.

Registered Licensed Dietitian Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE has a few helpful tips and useful information to help keep you hydrated and healthy.

Water…It Does a Body Good

Drinking more water is one of simplest tasks you can do to improve your health. Water is essential for your body for many reasons especially for weight loss. There have been several recent reports in the media that say that you don’t need 8 – 8oz glasses of water a day. I believe this is true because some people actually need more. People who live in hot, humid climates, experience a very different environment than those who live up North. Texas’ humidity and heat, most of the year, depletes our bodies of more fluid on a daily basis. For this reason is why I believe people who live in the Southern part of the United States, need to drink at least that amount if not more.

How much water do I need? I recommend to drink 1⁄2 of your body weight in ounces of day. For example: a 150 pound person would need at least 75 ounces of water a day.

Things to Remember

Water is a Natural Appetite suppressant
1. A lot of the time people confuse thirst for hunger. They experience the same type of symptoms when they are dehydrated as when they are hungry. If you start to crave food soon after eating, drink 15 oz of water and then wait 15 minutes and see how you feel. Most of the time this relieves the craving!

Water Can Increase Fat Burn
2. Drinking adequate water throughout the day allows all of your organs to work properly. But if you are dehydrated some organs are not as efficient in their job and need assistance from other organs, such as the liver. The liver is the main organ that breaks down fat, so if the liver has to assist another organ because of dehydration, then you are not burning fat as efficiently.

Water Fights the 3pm fatigue
3. When 3pm hits some people run either to the caffeine for a quick “pick me up”. If this happens to you, first evaluate your water drinking in the afternoon. Sometimes water gets forgotten about and then the fatigue sets in. Keep a water bottle full on your desk or with you at all times. By doing this you will have a visual reminder to keep drinking water throughout the day.

About the SHF Biggest Loser Challenge

The SHF Biggest Loser Challenge is a 12-Week fitness challenge designed to help you get healthy and stay that way. We are encouraging everybody to get involved. Each week we will give a nutritional tip to help get you started on the road to wellness and weight-loss.