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iVillage: The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Better Body

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You carry around a water bottle, but barely sip half of it by the end of each day.

When it comes to weight loss and water intake, “most of us do not consume enough water throughout the day,” says Jamieson-Petonic. The smallest amount of dehydration (as little as 2 percent) can affect cognitive function, as well as overall physical performance. “Often you also wind up confusing hunger with thirst,” she says. “Regularly reaching for a snack instead of H2O can lead to weight gain over time.” The next time you think you’re hungry, try drinking some water first.

What about the recommendation to down eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day? This really isn’t used anymore because we can hydrate through other sources, including low-fat or nonfat milk, coffee and tea, as well as fruits and vegetables, which have a high water content, says Jamieson-Petonic.

(CREDIT: David de Lossy, Collection, Photodisc, Getty Images)
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