Studies have shown that when athletes become dehydrated during training or competition, their muscles begin to use more carbohydrates and less fat for fuel. The same goes for non-athletes as well. So if you're trying to lose weight, maximize your fat-burning capacity by following some basic guidelines:

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Drink an additional 12 ounces if you plan to work out later that day or if the weather is extra warm.
  • Don't drink caffeinated drinks or beverages, they actually dehydrate you.