There are many things in our day that we don’t have time for. Chief among those are the things that we don’t want to do, or have to force ourselves to do. Working out, or increasing our physical activity seems like a real chore when you spend your day dragging. If you feel like you just don’t have the energy to hit the treadmill to shed those extra LB’s it may not be your sleeping habits that are to blame. There are many other things that can squelch your energy reserves. If you want to increase energy and fell better to boot, try drinking more water.
It is recommended that the average individual get a minimum of 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day, but most of us get far less than that. To dehydrate our bodies even further we count other beverages in our hydration count. Drinks that contain sodas, or caffeine, which at first boost the energy always come with the inevitable crash. Kind of like your mother in law, it has the ability to boost you up only to tear you down. Instead of turning to the coffee midday, try grabbing a couple of glasses of water and get drinking.
Water is an essential ingredient to good health, and energy. The molecules in water supply the blood and the brain with oxygen, which is essential for energy. When you are dehydrated the blood and cells are starved for oxygen. That triggers the body to go into shut down mode, it signals you to slow down, and it works against even the most dedicated weight loss goals. When you don’t have the energy to move all you want to do is lay down and rest.
If you don’t stay hydrated enough not only will you feel sluggish and lose the motivation to workout, for evolutionary reasons when you feel the sensation of exhaustion, the brain is triggered to feel hunger. Our bodies are nothing short of programmed machines to work on automatic pilot. When you feel tired, it goes hand in hand with the sensation of hunger. By not drinking enough water you are sabotaging your diet. If losing weight can be as simple as reaching for a water bottle, what’s your excuse for not at least trying it?
Weight loss can seem overwhelming because it feels so punishing and sometimes self-defeating. Instead of working against yourself by fighting the things that will help increase your energy levels and give you the little extra encouragement to get going on working toward your goals, do those things first which are simple and can have a great impact. Making sure to stay well hydrated is the key to making weight loss something less punishing. Not only does it work by making you feel more satiated and eat less, it will give you the little push you need to work harder by strapping those shoes on and putting some energy into working off those calories that you don’t need. Grab a glass of water and get going!