Can Hydration Habits Affect Weight Loss?

Can Hydration Habits Affect Weight Loss?

Can Your Daily Hydration Habits Affect Your Weight Loss?

by Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, CSCS

When you have a weight loss goal, it’s helpful (and eye-opening) to look at your daily habits to see what you’re doing right, or what’s holding you back. So many of your habits can affect your weight loss, including nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and — you guessed it, hydration.

The Importance of Staying Hydrated

You’ve heard it before that drinking water is important, but do you know why? Besides the obvious that our bodies need it, maintaining proper hydration can completely change the way you feel and that has a lot to do with how successful you are at losing the weight you want.

You might have heard that hunger and thirst cues can sometimes get confused. By all means, if you’re hungry, eat! But, if you’re just thirsty, try drinking water and see if that helps.

Think about the way you feel when you get dehydrated — completely zapped of energy. You might even feel lightheaded or sluggish. Your first instinct may be to head toward something that will give you the biggest and quickest pick me up, which sometimes means sugar. Don’t be fooled, you might just be really dehydrated and getting some fluid in you will bring back the energy you lost.

What do you do when plain water just won’t cut it? You add some flavor. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is going to be counterproductive to your goals, so you need an alternative. Ultima Replenisher is a great choice to help get more fluids, while reaching your goals, while satisfying the need for some flavor.

Solutions From A Dietician

As a dietitian, I’m super picky about electrolyte drinks. Ultima Replenisher has electrolytes like sodium, magnesium, and potassium in amounts that are appropriate for the average active adult. Plus, they are sweetened with organic Stevia, which won’t add calories to your water. Remember, you are still going to get vitamins and minerals from your diet, you don’t need large amounts in your drinks.

There are many ways to get more water into your day, adding a little bit of flavor is just one way. For more ways to improve your water drinking habits and build healthier habits overall, check out the newly released book, Better Daily Weight Loss Habits.

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About the Author: Sarah Pflugradt, MS, RDN, CSCS is a performance nutrition expert, author, educator, and captivating communicator. Throughout her career, she has made it her mission to provide tools, resources, and common-sense nutrition advice to her patients and clients. She has a MS food science and human nutrition and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). When Sarah is not working, you will probably find her attending a sport practice or game with one of her 3 children.