Ask Shaun: Will I be lighter if I drink less water?

Ask Shaun Staying Hydrated Karp Fitness Vancouver

Q: I’ve heard that drinking water is important, but won’t I be lighter if I drink less water?

A: Water is an essential nutrient for optimal health and  basic survival. A common myth is that you may be lighter or weigh less if you stop drinking as much. Not only is this myth untrue, it is dangerous! Our bodies need water!

As for the idea that you will be lighter with less water…Here is why this theory just doesn’t work:

  1. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will actually retain water. What happens next is that you begin to feel more bloated, not less. The goal to drink an adequate amount of water and to drink it consistently if you want to feel lighter.
  1. Water is needed to convert energy, so without it, you can’t burn calories as effectively. At  worst, you may be wasting your workouts or putting yourself in danger if you forego water. At best, you won’t be as efficient as you could be with proper hydration.

The take-away? Try to consume at least eight glasses of water per day. If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry! Water comes in many forms. Most fruits, especially watermelon, and some vegetables, including celery, lettuce, and cucumber are made up of mainly water. Milk and juice are also good sources of water.

Need some other drink more tips? Try a glass or two of water first thing in the morning after you wake up. And always keep a water bottle with you at work and at the gym. Also, be sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables throughout the day to easily meet your daily needs. Good luck and stay hydrated!

Shaun Karp is a certified personal trainer in Vancouver. For further information call his office at 604-420-7800.