Simply described, dehydration is the state your body is in when you have lost more water (liquid) than you have taken in

Your body loses water through sweating, crying, using the toilet and even breathing. If you want to lose weight (and also function optimally) you really want to avoid being dehydrated.

Dehydration slows down your metabolism! What exactly is ‘metabolism’? Very simply, it’s the chemical reactions that take place in your cells to convert food to energy. This allows your body to perform its various functions, including weight loss.

Dehydration is very bad for the fat-burning function of muscles. If your body doesn’t have enough water, your muscles can’t function optimally, and therefore they can’t turn fat into energy effectively.

But dehydration isn’t just about feeling ‘thirsty’… there are other symptoms and causes of dehydration that you might be missing. Here are some of them:

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1. Thirsty?

Let’s start with the most obvious one… If you’re thirsty, then that’s a pretty great sign that your body needs more liquids. In fact, that’s the body’s default reaction when it hits very mild dehydration.

So when you are thirsty, don’t ignore it, grab a drink of water (or some other beverage that doesn’t contain sugar, chemicals and other weird things). I like to have something to drink at least every time I urinate. I feel like this is a good way to keep my liquid levels from dropping too much. Make it a habit.

Click page 2 below for more symptoms and causes of dehydration…

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