17 Jan Keep Drinking
Water not alcohol. Do you really have any idea how much water you should be drinking? Gone hopefully are the days of lugging around a plastic gallon of water and assuming if we drink it all that it is the exact amount we need.
Anyone who hasn’t figured out how big of a key this is to success needs to be given Chinese water torture.
How Much Really?
Most people have no idea how much water they should really be drinking. I’m sure you feel like a tough guy carrying around a big jug of water everywhere you go — especially to the gym. I mean really what gets the ladies more than showing them how much clear liquid you can suck down at any given time.
How do you really know you are supposed to be drinking that much though? Or is that not enough?
Men far smarter than me have come up with more accurate ways of determining the right amount. Paul Check, author of more articles on achieving optimal human performance than I care to even count, says that you need about half an ounce per pound of bodyweight.
That means that if you weigh 200 lbs., you need to drink 100 oz. of water a day.
For those of you like me who would have rather stuck a pencil in his eye than listen to the inevitably bearded math teacher in middle school talk about conversions, there are 33.814 oz. in one liter.
Some Nalgene bottles and the like measure using liters, so I thought I would throw that in. So that means if you weigh 200 lbs you need about three liters per day.
Keep in mind that this amount does not include the extra that you will need during exercise to keep yourself adequately hydrated while you glisten in your leg warmers.
Why should you care?
If your goal is weight loss, one of the best ways to kick start your metabolism in the morning is to drink a glass of water.
Focused on muscle gain? You are already dehydrated when you are thirsty. Dehydration can lead to muscle loss.
If an athlete tells me he or she is losing weight, isn’t feeling well, or isn’t performing well, I almost immediately ask them how much water they’ve been drinking.
I don’t care how much red bull, spike, apple juice, tea, double non fat soy mocha latte you drink. If you are not drinking enough water, your performance will suffer.
Don’t care about strength speed or size? Just care about aesthetics? How many guys in the gym have you seen with more acne than a middle-schooler? Water will improve your skin.
Know of a better way to esnure you drink enough water? Let me know in the comments.