A Trendy Accessory or Healthy Weight Management Aid?

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You might think the hottest accessory this season is the newest Gucci handbag, a pair of sexy Jimmy Choo’s, or maybe a cute furry pooch small enough to fit into your Gucci handbag, but the one accessory everyone seems to be carrying around these days doesn’t come from Bloomingdales, but your local supermarket – a giant bottle of water.

No matter the occasion, the event, or situation, the best dressed gals all seem to be guzzling water by the gallon. Can it be that important to be hydrating all day long – even when you’re not thirsty?  The bathroom breaks alone…ugh!

I think we’ve all been led to believe that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is the accepted recommendation, but where did that number come from?  According to Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, Program Director at Green Mountain At Fox Run

“Eight glasses of water is a number based on the fluid needs of an ‘average’ sized person, but it doesn’t take into account the fluid we get from other foods like fruits, veggies, milk, soups, etc. Basically, the recommendation is a diet technique – an attempt to fill people up on zero calorie fluids. That said most of us do need to drink more water because we typically don’t drink enough. In my experience working with women,  there is a tendency to confuse thirst with hunger, so try drinking first if you’re not sure whether you’re hungry or not.”   

That’s a different recommendation than drinking a ton of water to feel full.

“I discourage using water as a mechanism to feel full. It’s important when you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight to identify true hunger and eat when you need to.”

So, how can you determine how much water you should be drinking each day? You can get additional advice from the professional staff at the Mayo Clinic about how much water is enough.  Their website provides sound information on everything from hydration, dehydration, over hydration, thirst and how much water is enough.

The bottom line? Using your common sense can be your best guide to heath and well being. Listening to and learning about your own body will always be your best guide to what feels right for you.

Cheers!

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3 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Melanie says:

    One theory is that if the body is dehydrated, it tends to hang on to fat… therefore, it’s important to drink enough water throughout the day.

  • Cindy says:

    If you’re trying to lose weight, its important to help your body properly flush out toxins and hydrate – especially with moderate to heavy exercise. I just think, like so many things, some of us can take a good healthy practice too far – until it is no longer healthy and possible detrimental. I remember an eating behavior specialist at Green Mountain telling me years ago…’if you have a headache you’d take two aspirin to get rid of it, not the whole bottle’. Sometimes more isn’t always the answer. That really spoke to me. More than likely, as Marsha pointed out, we’re probably not drinking enough, I know that’s true for me – I’m not a good water drinker… But something tells me when I see women with a bottle of water in their hands all day long – they might not need all that ‘flushing’! :)

  • Vanessa says:

    Drinking water is a great way to control appetite. I’ve read the many people mistake thirst signals for hunger and then eat to satisfy their bodies. Still, if what your body really needs is water, why not cut out all of the extra calories and fat? Also, bottled water is really not that great for you. If you are really looking to implement water into your nutritional plan, you should look into a water filter. Click the link to see some water filters from Aquasana.

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