Do you constantly feel hungry? Even after you have eaten a meal? This is one of the largest indicators of being both thirsty and dehydrated! People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger and end up eating more calories than they really needed to! Don’t you wish our bodies had a meter that told us how many calories we were consuming on a daily basis? That would make life so much easier in the weight loss department! Reach for a large glass of water instead of reaching for a snack next time you think you might be hungry. For some zest, add in some citrusy flavor to change things up a bit! That glass of water will hydrate and freshen you up. It will also determine if you truly are hungry or not, so wait for that stomach growl! Wait at least 15 minutes, and you will know right away if that was really hunger you were feeling.
If you do not get enough to drink on a daily basis you will feel sluggish and tired. It is a common symptom of dehydration. Your body gets confused, knowing that it needs nutrients but unsure of the type. Food is usually the first assumption, and it still won’t help with dehydration. This will in turn cause a ring around the rosie effect with your brain and stomach! You will naturally eat less when you have adequate hydration, so don’t assume it is hunger right away.
Because thirst and hunger send the same signals to your brain, it can be difficult to reduce the urge to snack. The best way to realize when you are truly hungry is to sip on water all day long! Keep a log if you have to, and you will instantly realize if you have gotten enough or are falling short. There are water bottles out there with markers already on them to tell you how much to drink throughout your day, so invest in one of those if you can! There is absolutely no harm in reaching for a glass of water, so even if you think it really might be hunger sip on water anyway! You will find out sooner or later.
So don’t wait any longer! Go grab an 8-ounce glass of water, and sip your way back to hydration! There is absolutely no harm in it, and your body will be able to run smooth and efficient. We are made up of over 75% water, so no wonder we need to sip all day long!