If you don’t feel well when you think you aren’t eating enough food, you aren’t alone. In fact, many people connect feeling weak, dizzy, or passing out as not having enough food. However, the lack of food may not be the issue at all.
Most of the time, this means you are actually thirsty and dehydrated, and not because you need to eat.
We may not realize it, but most people do not drink enough water, and more often than not, they are dehydrated.
When you eat less food, you must compensate by drinking more water, and often people forget this.
Strangely enough, most people don’t really know how to drink water, and some only drink when they’re eating. Others always have a bottle of water with them but just take small sips throughout the day. They may even limit themselves to only one or two small water bottles.
The body needs a lot more water than this to function properly, so you don’t feel the need to eat when you are not actually hungry.
This is not a good way to hydrate. Instead, every time you pick up your bottle of water, try to drink half the bottle at a time. For most people, this is 6-8 large swallows. In this way, you’ll be adequately hydrating yourself throughout the day.
When you drink a good amount of water, you should be able to feel the water filling your stomach. A moment later, you should feel the water flush throughout your body.
When you drink large amounts of water, rather than tiny sips, you promote a feeling of being healthy, and this will prevent you from getting weak, dizzy, or the other symptoms of “hunger.”
It is not uncommon for the body to confuse hunger and thirst signals, and we then end up overeating when we should really be drinking more water.
In the Healthy Steps Program, every time you feel, or think you feel hungry, the first thing to do is to take a good drink of water as previously described.
Drinking adequate water will fill your stomach and reduce your hunger, turning off those hunger signals.
Plus, when you drink more water, you give your metabolism a boost and improve your weight loss.
We get it.
Water can get boring after a while, and sometimes you want to mix it up a bit. If you are going to drink something besides water, reach for any low-calorie or zero-calorie beverage you like.
The only thing I ask is that you don’t drink any liquids with sugar in them. This obviously includes drinks like soda, but also fruit juices and protein shakes. These drinks not only have a lot of calories in them but almost always have a lot of sugar.
Sugar is bad for you because it stimulates your appetite. People who drink sugary drinks have been scientifically shown to be much heavier on average than people who avoid sugary drinks.
Although everyone may have slightly different water needs, we generally recommend that you consume about eight bottles of water a day, or a gallon of water.
If this seems like a lot to you, it could be an indicator of just how much water you are not drinking.
If you are exercising, or if it is very hot out, you might need to drink even more than a gallon.