Water – How Much is Enough?

When people first start TurboCharging the most common comment we hear is about our water consumption recommendations and the necessity of frequent trips to the bathroom.  Today we’ll elaborate on this further and give some additional guidelines.

In the book we do not give a specific amount of water to be consumed on a daily basis but rather open guidelines to be adjusted on an individual basis.  The amount of water that a person needs to drink is based on their individual diet and lifestyle.  There really is no “one size fits all” answer.

That said, before starting the program, the average person is in a state of chronic dehydration that need to be addressed.  Being adequately hydrated is critical to proper functioning of our physiology and during periods of rapid fat loss, it is even more important.  Byproducts of fat metabolism along with environmental toxins often stored in our fat reserves need to be removed and adequate hydration facilitates this process.  There is a need for additional water intake during rapid fat loss.

What you eat and drink has a huge effect on your level of hydration along with your activity level.  The typical western diet has a dehydrating effect.  The more you transition to building your diet around moisture rich TurboCharged foods, the less supplemental water you will need. A good starting guideline is 1/2 ounce of water per pound of bodyweight a day.

The most important time to drink water is first thing in the morning.  Our bodies are about 70% water.  After 7-8 hours of sleep, without eating or drinking, you body has used as significant amount of your water reserve.  There is typically around a two pound difference between evening and morning weight.  The difference is the amount of water your body used during sleep.  It just so happens that one quart of water weighs about 2 pounds, thus we arrive at our recommendation to ideally drink 16-32 ounces of water during your first waking hour.  This morning water consumption recommendation does not change no matter how long you have been TurboCharging.

Your requirement for supplemental water is directly proportional to the amount of moisture rich foods in your daily diet.  The more fresh fruits and vegetables you eat, the less water you need to drink.  Once TurboChargers build their diets around these foods and learn to recognize thirst and differentiate hunger from thirst, they usually will know how much water they need to drink.  They become very “tuned in” to their optimal, individual dietary needs.

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.


  1. Water is truly the elixir of life. I used to think I was hungry, now I realize most times I am really just thirsty.

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