For those who haven't subscribed and have missed out on my newsletters, here is a little piece I wrote about water and chronic dehydration from my most recent newsletter...
One of the key factors for fat loss is water. Pretty much every biological function in the body requires water and that included breaking down your food an using it for energy. Most people don't drink enough, especially if they train a lot or work out. In fact some people are chronically dehydrated and they attribute their poor digestion, lethargy, headaches, dry skin and big bags under the eyes, muscle cramps and aches and pains and swelling to other factors.
The worst thing you can do is start off the day by drinking a coffee on your way to work with no water and a some crappy processed breakfast cereal. During sleep you lose a minimum of a pound (1/2 Kg) every night through your breath, sweat and your biological processes and that is not even including the fluid lost by getting up in the middle of the night to pee. You almost always wake up dehydrated and it is further compounded by drinking coffee and then a carb filled, dry snack which pulls even more water from your body in order to digest.
Start the day by drinking between 1 - 2 cups (1/4 to 1/2 L) of water every morning before a decent breakfast (and of course your one daily coffee yes, only one, wink) and carry a water bottle around with you all day.