But how much do you really need? Does the 8-glasses per day rule apply to everyone? Or is that just a blanket statement that is only a mere guideline?
Turns out, everyone’s hydration needs are unique. Read on to learn more about how much water you need to be drinking daily.
Your Stage Of Ab Development
First, think about where you are in your progress to six pack abs. If you are just starting out and have a lot of body fat to shed, drinking more water may be potentially beneficial for getting you closer to your goal. Having sufficient water coming in can help you combat hunger, ensure your metabolic rate is optimized, help encourage higher energy levels, and improve physical performance.
All of these factors contribute to your ability to burn fat and reach your goals.
On the other hand, if you have shed most of your body fat and are now looking to simply get that shredded look, cutting back on water or using dehydration strategies such as sitting in a hot sauna may be more applicable to you.
It’s never recommended that you under-hydrate for a lengthy period of time. If you are getting ready for a photo shoot, fitness competition, or simply a day at the beach where you want to look your best, reducing your fluid intake will help ensure you aren’t retaining any excess water and may help you appear leaner.
Keep in mind that sodium intake also needs to be low enough for this to take place otherwise you’ll actually retain water, achieving the opposite result.
Your Exercise Habits
Another thing that impacts your water intake is your exercise habits. If you are exercising heavy most days of the week and are sweating out large volumes of fluid, it only makes sense this fluid will need to be replaced in order to maintain homeostasis.
A good way to ensure you are meeting your hydration needs with exercise training added in is to weigh yourself before exercise as well as after. For every pound of water lost, you should aim to take in around 250-350 ml of water.
Your environment will also play a role in how much water you should be drinking. Do you live in a very hot climate? If so, you’re likely losing more water than you realise each day and will need to drink more.
On the flip side, if you live in a cooler climate, this may be cause for reducing your fluid intake slightly as you aren’t perspiring as much as you regularly would be.
Your Body Weight
Finally, your body weight is also going to influence your fluid requirements. Someone who weighs 60 kilograms is going to have different fluid needs compared to someone who weighs 80 kilograms.
The larger your body, the more fluid you’ll need to be taking in on a daily basis.
How Much Fluid Do You Need?
So that brings us to our final question, how much fluid should you be drinking?
The best way to determine this is to simply trust your thirst. It’s there for a reason. If you are thirsty, drink water. If you aren’t, don’t force it back.
You might also want to check your urine color as well. Ideally you want your urine color to be pale yellow. If it’s bright yellow, this means you aren’t drinking enough, while if it’s running clear, you might be overhydrating yourself.
So keep these recommendations in place and remember, there is no hard and fast rule for exactly how much water you need to drink. Certain days you may need more than others, so listen to your body and it will tell you what’s best.
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Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.