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This is Why You Should Never Drink Water Before Bed

This is the only time you shouldn't be drinking water. And the reason why is actually quite logical.
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Water is one of the most critical elements to the human body. When you don't sip enough H2O, your body becomes dehydrated and it could make you look puffier. That's because your body attempts to hold onto every last drop of water it can when you're dehydrated, which can make you look like you've put on extra weight. And no one likes the sound of that when you're trying to lose 10 pounds. But, here's the thing: there is a right and wrong time to quench your thirst. And drinking water before bed may not be the best time to guzzle.

Below, find out when you should and shouldn't drink. Dietitian Jim White, RD, ACSM recommends the standard 64 ounces of water a day, or eight 8-ounce glasses. By drinking the recommended intake, your weight loss goal becomes more attainable. Sufficient water intake has the ability to boost your metabolism, help you feel fuller longer, and even keep your energy levels at an all-time high. A recent review published in the journal Obesity found that women on four widely different but popular diets all experienced greater weight loss when drinking more water.

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It was completely intentional that drinking water wasn't placed on our list of things to do before bed to lose weight. Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE explains "If you drink too much before bed, you may find yourself waking up multiple times in the middle for the night to urinate."

And just like water, sleep is known to be a key factor in obtaining your weight loss goals. The recommended 6-8 hours really make a difference in our lives. As a matter of fact, a report in Environmental Health Perspectives states that shorter sleep is linked to obesity, hypertension, and other metabolic disorders.

Palinski-Wade offers a simple solution — cut back on our favorite zero-calorie beverage roughly three hours before you plan on hitting the sheets. Within this time frame, your body will be able to process and you'll use the restroom before it interrupts your beauty sleep.

Eat This! Tip:

Wake up, and start your day with a nice big glass of H2O. Now you only have seven more to go! By continuing to stay hydrated you'll experience benefits left and right. From clearer skin to an increase in energy your body will be thanking you. And if you're planning on turning off the lights around 11 pm, slow down around 8 pm to give your body enough time to process the water and allow yourself a restful seven hours of sleep. Next thing you know, your morning alarm is going off and it's time to start all over again!


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