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So what is the water recommendation?—64 ounces of water!!! How much is that really? 8 cups of water or ½ a gallon. This is the minimum recommendation.
Water makes up about 60% of our weight and 65-90% by mass of most human cells are water.
Unlike fat, water cannot be stored and thus needs to replenished-through adequate hydration. This is precisely why drinking at least 64 oz or 8 glasses of water/day is a healthy habit.
Water is especially crucial during weight loss because it helps remove toxins and other unhealthy substances stored in your fat cells. By staying well hydrated, your organs and systems can function properly.
Water acts as the vehicle or solvent that moves nutrients, hormones, antibodies and oxygen through your bloodstream and lymphatic system. It also removes waste, allows the kidneys the ability to filter and eliminate metabolic byproducts and toxins. So if you don’t drink enough your body is essentially recycling dirty water, and thus decreasing the efficiency of every metabolic function in the body.
We actually lose almost 10- 12 cups of water each day through perspiration, urine, bowel movements and breathing, etc. If you are not taking in enough water to replenish these losses, then you will become dehydrated rather quickly.
Also, let’s remember that the 5 & 1 Plan allows your body to achieve a mild fat-burning state, which is a mild state of dietary ketosis. This will create a slight diuretic effect, which means it will cause a mild loss of body water through increased urination.
Plain water is best for quenching thirst; it’s cheap, calorie free, sugar free, caffeine free, additive free, etc.
The only thing that can totally rehydrate cells is water. You can survive on colas, soft drinks, and iced tea, but they will not rehydrate cells the way water will. Water is the universal solvent. It enters the cell, rehydrates it, and carries the waste materials away.
If you start feeling tired, “foggy”, have headaches, or darker than normal urine, decreased urine output, dry mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, blood pressure changes, you may be dehydrated. A good rule of thumb is that urine should be almost colorless.
Dehydration is much more common than overhydration. Consuming too much water can have an adverse effect on the body, but is a relatively rare occurrence.
If you have trouble getting in the recommended amount of water, you can try to add the Medifast infusers, a slice of lemon for flavor or the flavor enhancer mio.