When we are on a weight loss journey, the temptation to skip drinking water completely on weigh-in day is tempting, but there are some dangerous risks you take when you don’t stay hydrated. We lose water through things like sweating, using the bathroom, and through vapors when we breathe. When this water isn’t replaced quickly enough, it causes dangerous imbalances in electrolytes and other bodily functions. Symptoms of dehydration should be taken very seriously because if they aren’t addressed, they can lead to fatigue, heart problems, organ failure, and eventually, death.
7 Symptoms of Dehydration
- Thirst (or Thirst Mistaken for Hunger) – Our bodies are pretty smart. If you’re feeling thirsty, drink some water, and if you’re eating enough but feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 20-30 minutes to see if the hunger subsides.
- Dryness – Dry mouth, mucous membranes, skin, chapped lips, etc.
- Using the Bathroom Less – Dark colored urine when you do eliminate is also a sign of dehydration.
- Light-headed or Dizziness – Also headaches, fatigue, and risk of fainting.
- Confusion – Trouble concentrating, thinking, or feeling “foggy”.
- Increased Heart Rate, Palpitations or Quicker Breathing Patterns – Caused by electrolyte imbalances. Your cardio-respiratory system depends on electrolyte being in balance to function properly.
- Inability to Sweat – After working out or in the heat, if you aren’t sweating normally, you might be dehydrated.
Staying Hydrated on Weigh-In Day
Still drink your water, but for morning weigh-ins, sip only a little before you weigh, and weigh before a workout if you can. Drink normally for your workout and the rest of the day.
Get most of your water in early in the day so that your body has enough time to eliminate any extra water weight. Stop drinking water about 3 hours before you are supposed to weigh in, and only sip on water until after you weigh. Bring more water along with you for during and after your workout.
If at any point during the day you to start to experience any of these symptoms of dehydration, it’s very important that you drink more water.