This morning at work I was in the elevator with a guy who saw my half gallon water jug and asked “You plan on drinking all of that today?” I smiled and said “Yes I do. Probably a second one of these too.” Of course he followed with a question I’ve heard tons of times when talking to people about trying to drink between 3/4 to 1 whole gallon of water today.
“Good for you. I don’t mean to be too personal,” he said “but doesn’t that make you run to the bathroom all day?”
Now to answer his question…not anymore. The first few days of upping your water intake you will most definitely be going to the bathroom more, however probably not in a running fashion. After your body adjusts and starts getting the benefits of hydration you won’t be going so often.
It occurred to me after he noted that it was “good for me” before asking about my bathroom habits that maybe people aren’t drinking enough water not because they don’t realize it’s necessary but because they don’t want to be burdened with an additional few trips to the bathroom. I could be totally off base, but I’m willing to bet I’m not.
Drinking enough water each day helps your body to function at an optimum level. Your organs work better, you blood carries nutrients more effectively, toxins and junk in your body are more easily removed naturally…the list goes on. People who are looking to lose weight or improve their workouts definitely need to be drinking all the water they can. Proper hydration will help the average person see a significant improvement in their weight loss when they are also eating and exercising properly.
For example, person A and person B are both 180lbs, 5’6″ and looking to lose about 20lbs. They are sticking to eating every 3 hours so they eat a well rounded breakfast/lunch/dinner along with small snacks throughout the day. Both ensure protein is included in each snack/meal. Both go to the gym and do a combination of cardio and weight lifting 3 times a week. Person A drinks about 36oz of water a day but person B drinks at least 96oz if water each day. Within the first 30 days of their weight loss plan, guess who saw the better results? Person B!
It’s not rocket science and it’s not difficult. You don’t even have to spend any extra money to get water, grab a cup or a reusable bottle and fill it up! All it takes it paying attention. Some people, like myself, do a better job of ensuring they hit their intake goal by using a large bottle and knowing they have to drink the entire thing by a certain time of day. Others prefer a smaller bottle and challenging themselves to drink X number of that bottle in the day. Find what works for you!
I’d say going to the bathroom 2 or so more times each day is well worth the benefits of drinking enough water! Check out this great article that highlights some, of the many, benefits of staying hydrated. I bet by the time you’re done you’ll be thinking “Oh I need to drink more water!”