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If you went several days without drinking water, you’d be in a world of trouble. But the idea that eight glasses a day is optimal—well, that’s soggy logic.

1. YOU DISCOUNT THE WATER CONTENT OF SOLID FOODS
About 20 percent of our daily H2O intake comes from solid foods — fruits and vegetables in particular. Although it’s good to be mindful of how much water your body asks for, you can also hydrate with fruits and veggies, most of which are largely water. A cucumber, for example, is 96.7 percent water. Lettuce, celery, tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit and green peppers are more than 90 percent water. Unlike pure water, however, these foods are rich in a range of nutrients and vitamins. Eating a significant percentage of your water is an excellent way to achieve your health and fitness goals. While you’re at it, why not also stock up on these 26 Foods That Melt Love Handles?

2. YOU’RE DRINKING MORE WATER THAN YOU NEED
If you go several days without drinking water, you’ll be in a world of trouble. But the idea that eight glasses a day is optimal — well, that’s soggy logic. In 1945, The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences claimed that the body needed two-and-a-half liters of water a day — without citing a clinical study!
In a 2011 article published in the British Medical Journal, that myth was debunked. The study’s author, Margaret McCartney, noted that this spurious fact had been widely disseminated by a water-advocacy group called Hydration for Health. The group was created by the French food giant Danone — which happes to own the Volvic, Evian and Badoit bottled-water brands. Quelle surprise! New guidelines by the Institute of Medicine are more specific. They recommend 91 ounces of water per day for women and 120 for men. However, they note that "the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide."

3. YOU’RE AVOIDING CAFFEINE UNNECESSARILY
Caffeine can raise your heart rate, boost your workout and boost your metabolism. Don’t worry that that a cup of coffee or tea will cause your body to shrivel like a raisin; their diuretic qualities are largely overblown. "Recent research shows that caffeine doses between 250 and 300 milligrams — about two cups of coffee — will minimally increase urine output for about three hours after consuming it," says Susan Yeargin, Ph.D., assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. But the research also shows that exercise seems to negate those effects. If you run within one to two hours of drinking coffee, you don't pee more. "It’s thought that blood flow shifts toward your muscles and away from your kidneys during exercise which means that urine output isn't affected.

4. YOU’RE DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER DURING YOUR WORKOUT
The “everything in moderation” dictum should even be applied to water, according to scientists. Drinking too much can cause symptomatic hyponatremia, a condition in which the sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low. Sodium balances the fluids in and around your body’s cells. Drinking too much water can cause an imbalance, in which the excess liquid moves from your blood to inside your cells, causing them to swell.
Under normal conditions, you’d have to drink a huge amount of water to experience hypernatremia, which is also called “water intoxication”. However, if you’re a serious runner or a particularly salty sweater — indicated by white streaks on your skin and/or clothing after you run — you could harm yourself by downing H20 too quickly. For these people, sports drinks such as Gatorade can be useful in replenishing sodium and electrolytes in the body.

5. YOU’RE NOT PACING YOUR HYDRATION FOR YOUR WORKOUT
Here are some guidelines experts have set:
Before
The day before a race or an intense training day, drink extra water and other nutrient-rich fluids. On the morning of the event, drink two cups of fluid two hours prior, giving your kidneys enough time to process the liquids and you enough time to pee before the start. Thirty minutes beforehand, drink another five to ten mouthfuls of water or a sports drink.
During
Experts say that for each pound lost during exercise, you should drink an additional 16 oz. of fluid. That means that if you drank 8 oz. while exercising for 60 minutes and lost one pound, your goal is to drink an additional 16 oz. during your next hour-long workout. That means you would need to drink a total of 24 oz. to ensure proper hydration, or about 6 oz. of fluid every 15 minutes.
After
For each pound lost during activity, drink 24 oz. of fluid. If your body weight has increased, you’ve overhydrated, and you should drink less fluid in future exercise sessions. And to burn fat even quicker, don’t miss this essential list of 55 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism—Fast!



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