Our expert says:
Did you say that you are drinking 5-8 LITRES of water a day??? If so, STOP immediately. This is probably why you are so tired and moody and irritable. Adults only require 2,5 litres of liquid a day which includes everything you drink (water, fruit juice, tea, coffee, milk, etc). If you drink such vast volumes of water you are washing all kinds of electrolytes out of your body, esp potassium and sodium, plus magnesium and even calcium. You have probably heard of the athletes that collapse and die after a marathon like the Comrades? well some of them died because they only ingested water while running and did not have any potassium and sodium and some form of carbohydrate. They literally died of water intoxication. So stop drinking so much liquid and stick to 2,5 litres a day. You should also include low-fat milk or yoghurt (drinking yoghurt) as a post-exercise recovery drink and to provide the 1000 mg of calcium you need daily. Your present BMI = 26,3, which is a bit higher than the top of the normal range, so you need to only lose about 9 kg to reach your goal weight. Your exercise should help you shed this weight. To build muscles and flatten tummies takes time, so be patient and concentrate on your exercise.
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