Diet, Weight Loss and Hydration

Diet, Weight Loss and HydrationThere is more to being healthy than diet and weight loss in Ocala.

The Romans first started calling the hot days of summer the “dog days” due to their correlation with the star Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major or “large dog.” Though we now associate the term more with heat waves than astronomy, one thing is certain: during the hot summer days in Ocala, most of us are panting like dogs for some ice cold water.

When the weather is hot outside it is easy to remember to stay hydrated. Going too long without water is uncomfortable when you are sweating bullets. But what happens when the weather grows colder? Do you drink the same amount of water in the winter months as you do during the summer? For most people the answer to this question is no, but this could put you at risk for dehydration as the weather cools down for winter.

We probably won’t have a snowstorm in Ocala, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get cold. The cooler months are a great time to get outside and become more active—just make sure that you are following the same hydration habits this time of year as you do during the hot summer.

You can stay hydrated this winter by following a few simple tips:

  • Stick with water. Tea, coffee and other beverages might taste great when you are thirsty, but they aren’t as beneficial as plain old water. If you want to add some flavor to your water, try having it with lemon or a bit of cucumber.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Talk your weight loss doctor about adding fruits and vegetables to your diet. The most popular fall vegetable, the pumpkin, owes 90 percent of its weight to water. Healthy foods like these can make up about 20 percent of your fluid intake.
  • Dress in layers. When the cold fronts come through you might be tempted to throw on your heaviest jacket, but try to resist. Dress in lighter layers—especially as you are working out. This way you can adjust your wardrobe as the day goes on or as your body temperature rises. When you are dressed to warmly you are more likely to sweat, which causes you to lose fluids.

Remember: if you feel light-headed, your lips become chapped and your mouth is dry, you might be dehydrated. Most people need at least 64 ounces of water every day to maintain optimal health. Talk to your weight loss doctor to find out how much water is best for you.