Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Blog entry no. 1

Ever wonder why most diet sites constantly tell you to drink water? Well, for starters; The human body is approximately 60% water. Yes, this number does vary, but that's the average percentile. So what? What does that number have to do with drinking it? Well, our neurons are fueled by water and so is our metabolism. The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that is most commonly known for signaling our bodies when we're hungry. That signal is very similar to another signal that our brain gives us when we're thirsty. That is why thirst is very commonly mistaken for hunger.

Want to know how to figure out how much water you need to drink per day?

Take your body weight, divide it by two and change the measurement from pounds to ounces. If you work out, add one glass of water (8 fl. oz) for each half-hour of your workout.

For example:

Sally weighs 140 lbs.

Divide Sally's weight by two.

140/2 = 70

70 lbs.

Change that pounds to ounces

70 ounces.

Sally needs to consume 70 ounces of water daily, which is approximately nine glasses of water.

Enjoy that water!

Fun Fact!: Did you know if you drink a glass of ice-water you are burning 17 calories?!

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