Managing a Healthy Diet : The Importance of Hydration in Weight Loss


Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this
segment I’m going to talk about proper hydration.
Following the recommendations of eight cups
of water a day is a great place to start when
considering weight loss. A registered dietitian
can provide you with a better estimation for
your personal needs based on your weight.
Other factors that are considered are your
activity factor, and your perspiration on
a hot day. This is one cup, this measuring
cup here, it is one cup of water. So eight
of these a day would be a great place to start.
This is a 12 ounce cup, and sometimes the
dimensions can be a little bit deceiving when
you look at maybe what a one cup looks like,
and this is about one and a half cups. I’m
showing you this metal bottle, because it
is important during the hot days that you
do not take a plastic bottle of water and
put it in your car, because heat can become
active with the plastic and there is new research
coming out stating that that plastic may release
some toxicity that can cause cancer. Whether
that is true or not, it is unknown at this
time, but as a preventative measure it would
be very important to use a metal bottle. Glasses
are also appropriate. It is very important
to hydrate yourself throughout the day. The
reason you would not want to drink the water
all at once is because your cells can only
take in so much water at a time. So stagnating
the water throughout the day will properly
hydrate your cells. If you drank all the fluid
at once, once your cells are hydrated, the
rest of the water will be flushed out of your
body via your urinary tract and system. So
it’s very important to properly hydrate yourself
with the eight glasses of water throughout
the day.

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