Some years ago, Dr Ellington Darden, PhD, an exercise researcher and author of the Nautilus training system used at BodyTech, discovered the relationship between increased water intake and greater fat loss. Today, research has confirmed Darden’s observations that when we’re well hydrated our cells burn more calories than if we’re dehydrated. That’s why our Fat2MUSCLE™ programme includes the drinking of plenty of ice-cold water.

Myths about proper hydration.

Water accounts for about 60% of our body weight and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure our body functions normally. But there are a few myths about hydration that need clarifying. Here are our top five*:

1. True or false? Coffee and tea count toward hydration.
True. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, which forces water to be excreted in urine, our bodies quickly compensate. So even caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have a net hydrating effect.

2. True or false? The foods you eat can help you stay hydrated.
True. Moisture in solid foods typically accounts for about 20 percent of our water intake, and you can up that number by digging into plenty of water-rich foods, which include many in-season fruits and veges.

3. True or false? A sports drink is necessary if you’re being active in the heat.
False. Unless you’re an athlete working out intensely for more than an hour at a time, you don’t need a sports drink during or after exercising. The fluid and electrolytes you lose through sweat are easily, and more healthfully, replaced with water and a piece of fruit.

4. True or false? You need to drink before you get thirsty.
False. In most healthy adults, thirst is a reliable indicator of fluid needs — and a critical one, as how much you need to drink can vary widely depending on how active you are and how hot it is outside.

5. True or false? You should aim to drink eight glasses of water a day.
False. That widely quoted number has no scientific basis whatsoever. The amount of water you need for optimal hydration depends on many variables, including the climate you live in and how active you are. Let your thirst be your guide.

In the meantime, discover more about proper hydration in the Fat2MUSCLE™ Clean Eating Plan eBook, free with the BodyTech Fat2MUSCLE™ 6-week programme or just $59 for members when purchased separately (or $99 for non-members). To find out how to purchase, visit reception.

*Source: The Washington Post