As we go into the cooler months of the year, we must still remember that dehydration is a very real concern. As much as we may not be perspiring heavily if at all our bodies will still be using and losing water through various means. In fact just our skin alone, in order for our skin to remain ‘supple’ our bodies will supply water to this large surface. Effectively, this is a major form of water loss. Added to this is our eyes in the form of tears, the ears, nose and mouth, as well as through urination and excretion. With all of points of water loss, our bodies quickly and easily become lacking for water. We become dehydrated, and if we don’t do anything about it then we compromise the effectiveness of our body functions and this leads to a myriad of other challenges which show up as symptoms.
If we are on an exercise routine or special dietary requirements then the body may lose hydration much faster and the expected results of our program may not be realized. So the common signs of Dry Skin, Muscle Cramps and Headaches could present themselves – and all we may need to do is dry water.
Now the impact of dehydration on our weight loss program is significant, especially if we are lacking water and climb onto the scales. They may show that we have “lost” some weight, however this is NOT a true reflection of our program, as this is the wrong “loss” to have. This is not a benefit, nor should it mean that we should drink less, just to impress ourselves on the scales. This dehydration will also possibly inhibit your fat loss, and your body’s response will be to hold on to the fat a bit more and could even lead to weight gain.
If you are on a fat loss program, just consuming the right amounts of water can help suppress the appetite and the craving which we may have. This also helps in sodium in our bodies as well as assist us as we work on our muscle toning. When we are dehydrated, our bodies sends a signal to our brain – which sometimes is interpreted as hunger and therefore we consume more calories. This can also lead to weight gain or even further dehydration.
Dehydration – also impacts your ability to regulate your body temperature, and can lead to over-heating as well. Along with this, the efficiency of muscle performance is impacted, and they may even seize from lack of proper hydration. Overall – energy levels drop and the motivation to workout or continue on our weight-loss program is reduced.
Imbalanced sodium levels in our body will also be as a result of dehydration, and in fact it can also throw our blood pressure out of wack. Coupled with this, the blood becomes a bit thicker since the plasma volumes will decrease and our hearts and lungs work harder. Since the organs struggle to keep up with the pressure of exercise to lose the weight, then the process takes much longer. At the end of a workout routine, our recovery process will be much longer than it should be.
The more hydrated we are – the better our rate of metabolism. That is, if our body breaks down fat for fuel and all of the reactions to do so is lacking in water then in turn our metabolic rate will be significantly slower and less than optimal. Now, the liver works harder as well when we are dehydrated and cannot break down the fat like how it should. There is an enzyme that helps in fat metabolism and this is called Lipase. If there is not enough water in the body, this enzyme cannot function properly and this leads also to fatigue and tending to inactivity, as well as poor metabolic rates.
Consider your water or fluid intake next time as an important step in your weight-loss program.