It is also important to consume plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. Drink 16 ounces of water about 2 hours before you exercise. Then drink 20-40 ounces of water for every hour of exercise. If you are exercising for more than an hour you may need a sports drink...but we will discuss that another time. After exercise drink 20 ounces of water for every pound of body weight lost during exercise. This should keep your body happy and hydrated!
Other fun facts about water:
- About 60% of your body weight is water.
- If you are on a high protein diet drink lots of water! Protein requires almost 7 times the amount of water it takes to break down and use carbs or fat.
- When increasing your fiber intake also increase your water intake. Fiber keeps your digestive system regular but if not consumed with enough water will have quite the opposite effect!