Weight Loss Woes: Dehydration
When you start cutting calories from your diet, you need to be careful not to accidentally cut out so many fluids that you are at risk of dehydration. Sure, there are plenty of ways that you could be getting in empty and unnecessary calories every day through unhealthy beverages like sodas and fruit juices, but when you start losing weight you need to be sure to replace those beverages with healthy items like water. Cutting out how many fluids you take in could encourage your body to become dehydrated—and this could actually interfere with your ability to lose weight.
Dehydration is an incredibly common medical issue that develops when the body doesn’t have as many fluids as it needs to perform all of its required actions. When the body becomes low on fluids it has to start using the fluids it keeps on reserve, and this means pulling fluids away from organs that need those fluids for their own functioning.
You don’t have to be dehydrated by much or for long for the symptoms of dehydration to start adding up. A slight headache will become more severe, a mild thirst will become persistent, and your hands are likely to become clammy as your skin becomes low on moisture. Other symptoms of dehydration can include impeded vision, severe fatigue, constipation and even nausea. The longer you are dehydrated, the more severe and problematic these symptoms become. Prolonged dehydration could begin to severely interfere with your ability to lose weight, causing your body to shut down and preserve itself where you would otherwise hope that it is pushing unused fat and nutrients out of the body to be discarded.
The more you exercise, the more fluids you need to stay properly hydrated. This is why so many people experience issues with dehydration when they begin a new weight loss program. While you are focusing on cutting calories out of your diet, it is just as important that you begin focusing on putting more fluids into it. Try keeping a water bottle with you all day and drinking out of it regularly, not just when you feel overtly thirsty. Make yourself a daily goal for how much water you are drinking and push yourself to drink water in regular intervals by setting a reminder on your watch or phone. Taking small steps like this can go a long way in helping you to stay hydrated as you lose weight.