March 26, 2011 09:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Shedding For The Wedding: is a reality competition currently airing on The CW. The series follows the weight-loss journey of nine couples all competing to win the wedding of their dreams. Keep reading to find out the best ways to stay hydrated!
The Show’s dietitian, Ashley Koff explains the right way to stay hydrated from her blog.
When your cells don’t have enough water in them, they slow down. And that translates to slower Shedding…not ideal. Did you know that just drinking water isn’t enough to get water inside our cells? Well, our Shedders learned that lesson early on.
Here’s what you need to know about TRUE hydration:
1) Hydration isn’t a Summer issue only: Sometimes hydration is only thought of as a summer issue – we are hot, we sweat, and so we remember to drink lots of water and eat water- based foods. Habits change in the winter. We change from water-based vegetables to winter’s more starchy and less water-based vegetables; we trade raw salads for warm soups; and our iced teas often become hot tea with milk, hot cocoa, and hot cider which translates: less water, more sodium = DEHYDRATION.
2) Increase your Potassium intake: make sure to include potassium-rich foods and beverages which help bring water into our cells for hydration: coconut water (see this video to learn more about coconut water’s hydration benefits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWOV_WRvVdc ), bananas, potatoes, avocado are all great sources of potassium. Many shedders learned to grab a coconut water (the plain kind) right after a workout and even to add it to their shaker cup with protein powder for optimal post-workout recovery.
3) Lower your Sodium intake: caution with excess sodium which keeps water outside our cells (dehydrating). Make your own soups or look for low-sodium options; use spices versus salt; when using salt aim for a sea salt that contains an array of minerals; avoid canned and packaged foods where salt is used as a preservative, choosing fresh and frozen ones (sodium can still be an issue in these packaged foods so read labels). In general, sodium should be less than 250mg PER serving but in some foods like soups its likely to be higher versus others like frozen vegetables where there should be zero. Check the www.ashleykoffapproved.com lists on my site for good choices and always compare products in a category (ie cereal, soups etc)
4) Water – yes, you need it…8 glasses or take your weight in pounds and divide it in half and that will give you your daily ounces requirement (if you weigh 150 pounds then that’s 75 ounces and there’s 8 ounces in a cup so you need between 9 and 10 cups daily). Water can also be consumed in water-based beverages like herbal teas, protein drinks (that you make), and water-based vegetables like celery, cucumber, lettuce, and more. The Shedders learned to fill up on their water-based veggies and to use them as “dippers” for things like hummus, bean dips, chicken salad, Greek yogurt dip and more instead of using chips.
How do you stay hydrated? let me know…
Shedding For The Wedding airs Wednesdays on The CW at 9pm|8c.
Photo Credit: The CW