Why you should drink plenty of water

It is so simple, yet so often ignored. Water. Proper hydration is key in any bodybuilding diet. Drinking enough water allows you to build muscle and lose fat more efficiently because your body is functioning optimally on a cellular level.

How staying hydrated helps

 

1. Water Clears Out Toxins 

Water flushes out toxins and other metabolic waste products from the body. Water is especially important when following a “high protein” diet, as it helps remove excess nitrogen, urea (a toxic substance), and ketones.

 

2. Water Helps Metabolize Fat 

Without enough water, the kidneys cannot function properly. When this happens, some of the load is transferred to the liver. The liver metabolizes stored fat for energy. If the liver is doing some of the kidneys’ work, it burns less fat.
 

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3. Reduced Food Cravings 

Water, like anything you can consume, will fill up empty space in your stomach. Therefore, it dulls hunger sensations and help to keep your mind off food, albeit temporarily. This is especially helpful if you are drinking water to lose fat (or to build muscle while minimizing fat gains), since the hunger pangs can be quite strong on a calorie restricted plan.
 

4. Water Helps Your Supplements Work Better 

Supplements like Creatine work in part because it pulls water in muscle cells, thereby creating an anabolic environment needed for growth. For this to work properly, you need plenty of water. Plus, if you’re training hard, then you need a basic mega-vitamin. Many vitamins are water soluble, and water unlocks the power of those vitamins.
 

The Dangers of Dehydration 

When you are working out, you are likely to be losing water, both through your breath and through sweat. If you start out dehydrated, you will not get a good workout. You will get dizzy, lethargic, your muscles won’t work as well, you won’t feel as sharp mentally, and you’ll get cramps sooner.
 
That is because water helps your body to exercise efficiently. It lubricates your entire body.   It is a vital part of the many chemical reactions in the body. If these reactions slow down then tissues heal slower, muscle recovery is slower and the body is not functioning at 100% efficiency.
 

How Much Water? 

The amount of water you should drink before and during your workout varies for everyone depending on your weight, the type of workout you are doing and your climate. Start with 8 to 16 ounces of water before your workout. Consume one glass of water every 20 minutes to half hour you are working out.
 
Water is important for every aspect of your workout and your after-workout recovery. If you want to achieve peak performance during your workout, make sure you drink water.
 

How to Avoid Dehydration 

The color of your urine can be a great indication of dehydration. Clear or light yellow pee means your body has enough water. Bright yellow, and especially yellow-brownish pee, means you are dehydrated.

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