Drinking Water and Weight Loss – 10 Ways To Drink More Water
I’m sure you have all heard “drink your water” as you start a new weight loss or healthy eating habit. You might already be great at drinking water, or you may struggle to even get a single bottle in during the day. We are all in different places with our water intake. And although most of you may not think twice about drinking water, you may have wondered why it’s so important to get it in every day. We are going to cover some of the benefits of drinking water so you won’t think twice about grabbing that water bottle instead of the soda can.
Our bodies our made up of 60% water making water extremely important to our overall health as well as our weight loss journey. In addition staying hydrated could help you avoid overeating as a lot of people confuse thirst for hunger. When hunger hits, having a glass of water first then waiting 30 minutes before eating will allow your body to determine if it is hungry or just thirsty. To make sure your getting enough water the key is the color of your pee. (gross I know) Your pee should be pail yellow in color. It’s important to measure your water instead of guessing as most people over estimate how much water they consume in a day. Carrying water with you will help remind you to chug throughout the day. One thing that helps me make sure I get in my water is by carrying around my 32 oz Hydroflask everywhere I go. My goal is to drink between 4-5 of those a day. Setting a goal for your water intake is important and will help keep you motivated. Another thing you can do is measure your water in a pitcher at the beginning of the day and then use it to refill your bottle throughout the day. If you sit at a desk most of the day, having a water bottle right next to your computer in plain site will help remind you to drink often. Another thing that you can try is taking between 5-10 swallows every time you bring the water to your mouth. You might be thinking “this is going to make me have to pee ALL the time.” Yes, you will probably be visiting the bathroom more often, but look at this as a way to stretch your legs and get a little movement throughout the day. Your body will eventually get used to the extra water intake and you won’t have to pee as often.
Here are some other great benefits to drinking water:
- Helps flush out toxic waist built up in your body
- Hydrates your skin and other organs of your body
- Transports nutrients and oxygen throughout your body
- Keeps your bowels regular
How Much Water Should You Drink?
On average you should drink half your body weight in ounces every day. However when you are trying to lose weight or if you live in a hot climate like we do, you should add 20-40 ounces of water every day. Now that you are more aware of what water can do for you, here are some ideas on how to get more water in every day.
10 Ways to Drink More Water
- Flavor it with orange, lemon, lime, strawberries, watermelon chunks, mint, cucumber, (let it sit for a few hours in the refrigerator)
- Add spice to your plate. Eating spicy food makes you drink more water plus hot peppers give your metabolism a boost!
- Set an alarm or use an app. Several apps that remind you to drink water throughout the day. Try Waterlogged
- Measure your water out at the beginning of the day and make sure its gone before bed time
- Skip the soda or tea at lunch and chose water with your meal
- If your an early riser aim to drink half a gallon of water before noon.
- Keep water with you wherever you go. On your desk, in your bag, or car. Find a container you love. My personal favorite is my 32 oz Hydroflask. It keeps my water ice cold all day long. I like the open mouth top but you may prefer to spend the few extra dollars on the straw top. Choose whatever will help you get your water in the best. Keep your water in plain site so you will be reminded constantly to drink often
- Bring your water to the gym. Your not going to stop the treadmill every few minutes to take a sip, or walk across the gym to the drinking fountain in the middle of your lifting sets. So be prepared and bring your water.
- Consider it an appetizer. Drinking 16 oz of water before each meal can help you lose weight by filling your stomach with fluids so you actually eat less food.
- Drink one big glass of water first thing in the morning and make it the last thing you do before bed. When you wake up in the morning your body has essentially been fasting for 6-8 hours. Best way to break that fast is by rehydrating your body and drinking 16 oz of water. Do you ever feel hungry at night right before bed? Often times we mistake dehydration for hunger. Drinking water before bed will help you feel full and will encourage your body to burn fat as fuel throughout the night instead of the carbs that may have come with your bedtimes snack you consumed.
If you ever wanted an easy weight loss tip, now you have it. Drink your water and watch the difference it will make!
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