On April 11th, I posted a quick note about findings that caffeine is not the big dehydrator that we once thought. Days later, I was reading Athletic Foodie. Have you discovered them yet? GREAT source of information from a terrific team of athletes and nutritionists. Athletic Foodie was founded by gold medal Olympian Garrett Weber-Gale and his family who believe that good taste and healthy food really can go together. Garrett considers nutrition to be a key element in his success, helping him to win two gold medals in the Beijing Olympics. Beyond his athletic pursuits, he has gained considerable experience as a foodie by working with world-renowned chefs in America, Denmark, France and Italy.
In a short post on hydration, the author, Emily Ng, a registered dietician, stresses the importance of hydrating before, during and after an event. She goes on to offer a simple test you can do to measure hydration. Hop on the scale before, and then after, your exercise. Do you weigh less? While we’d love to think that weight loss means fat loss, chances are it means you did not hydrate properly before or during that exercise. Her suggestion is to drink 1-2 glasses of water when you get up in the morning, especially if you workout in the morning. Her post links you to a Urine Color Chart that will show you how to measure your hydration based on the color of your urine.
Grab that bottle of water and drink away!