Dehydration is rife among our population; I read somewhere that it is estimated around 80% of the population in the UK are dehydrated. Do you have any idea what that actually means? More on that later! Rehan Jalali, one of the best nutritionists around today and the trainer to the likes of Sly Stallone and Nicole Scherzinger recently said his best tip for optimised anabolism, fat loss and overall health is to drink more water! How can such a simple thing have such an impact? Well, it can.
When you consider that approximately 70% of the human body is made up of water it is totally logical to think that being dehydrated isn’t just going to impinge on health, but also on your muscle gains, fat loss and overall performance from the inside out.
If you are in a state of dehydration the following will be impaired –
- Digestive performance
- Cognitive function
- More prone to muscle cramping
- Reduced energy output
In short it sounds like a bloody great big problem; the body is in shut down from one end of the scale to the other. Your muscles will appear flat, you can appear ‘’watery’’ (the irony in that) and your workouts will suffer immensely.
A great guideline in regards to the volume of water you need as an active person is approximately 1 litre per 50lbs of body weight (within reason of course). If you can stay hydrated you can certainly optimise fat loss, muscle performance and most importantly your health. Organs will come under less stress, the body will function correctly and ultimately all the effort you put in with your diet and supplementation will come together.
If you are dehydrated the body cannot utilise the nutrients you are eating, no matter how consistent you are with your eating. The same can be said for supplements and certain ones like creatine could become problematic if you don’t stay hydrated!! Water really does provide the foundation to your health, performance and body composition changes. Before you even consider anything else ensure that you are hitting an appropriate volume of water on a daily basis without exception. Even caffeinated hot drinks can’t really be counted as they act as natural diuretics which dehydrate you so be smart and drink water!!