I went to visit my dad the other day for his birthday, and he had just sat down for dinner and… ok let me give you some background information on him first.
He is a tightwad. During winter, he keeps the house temperature low so that everyone freezes and during the summer everyone fries to death. I remember yelling at me for leaving on lights, driving into town for something (because it wastes gas), and for even eating too much food, especially when I was bulking. My mom and I had to go out to buy our own separate food because he would refuse to buy enough.
A little less than a year ago, he weighed 220 and was 25 - 30% BF as my estimate. He began doing insane cardio for an hour a day on top of eating probably around 1,000 or less calories a day. He was so happy to do it too because of the tightwad his is. He lost a ton of fat and muscle, dropping down to a frail 170. Despite the weight loss, he is still around 15 - 17% BF because of his stubbornness to listen to me. He’s still trying to lose weight, and is becoming obsessive.
Anyhow, back to the story. We sat down for dinner and my mother places a large bottle of water (probably 32 oz, and btw ALL he drinks is water, ever) and he begins to complain about how the bottle of water is too much weight to put on. The bottle he wanted was 6 oz. 6 ounces!
If you didn’t catch that, he drinks very little water during the day (on top of his ridiculously low cal diet) so that the water doesn’t move the scale up for a few hours. I tried to tell him that drinking more water actually increases fat burning because of its ability to flush out impurities in the body, including fat to an extent. I listed its other health qualities to him, but he refuses to drink more.
Taking in not even half a gallon of water a day from, with all liquids in the day included like milk, pop, tea, on top of a 1,000 calorie diet is not healthy. How do I get it through his head that he’s destroying his metabolism and body?