I don’t think I have to tell you how important water is. Water is the most abundant substance found in our body. You can only survive a few days without water, while you can go almost a month without food. It is quite simply one of the most important things you need to think about in your nutrition program.
Water as essential for an effective weight-loss regimen
Water speeds the metabolism causing the body to burn calories fasters, it helps breaks down food enabling it to digest better, it cleanses the colon of built-up waste allowing it to digest fat adequately and promotes regular bowel movements. This combination of attributes directly aid weight loss making water essential for an effective weight-loss regimen.
I am sure you have heard that drinking more water is a great way to kick off your weight loss attempt. You may know all the benefits of drinking more water: your metabolism shuts down if you aren’t drinking enough of it; drinking water aids in digestion; you will feel fuller if you drink more water and your body will retain less water the more you drink. But no matter how much you know about weight loss benefits of drinking more water, you struggle to guzzle it down, right? These tips will help make it easier for you to get enough water in your day and help shed those pounds!!
Keep it close
If you buy bottled water by the case, pop one if the fridge every time you take one out so you that you always have a chilled water bottle ready. Keep a bottle or a glass of water at your desk while you work. If you have a water cooler in your office, try keeping a cup on your desk and refill every time you drink the contents. Bring a big bottle or a travel mug full of ice water with you in the car, and sip away while driving. The point is, if you always have a bottle, mug or glass of water to drink nearby you’ll begin to reach for it without even realizing it.
Sip it up
How many times have you mindlessly sipped a drink through a straw, not realizing you were finished until you herd that slurping sound? Keep a package of drinking straws at home and/or at the office. You will be amazed at how easy it is to get the water in while sipping it away!
Make it fun
As with all your weight loss efforts, the more drinking your water feels like work, the less likely you are to do it, so do whatever you can to make it more fun! Sounds silly right, making water-drinking fun! Pick up a travel mug that is cute! Have a water challenge with someone at work to see who can drink the most water throughout the day.
Nothing taste as good as a crisp COLD glass of water on a hot day. Add flavor without adding inches to your waistline. Try low or no calorie additives such as a crystal light (5 calories), sugar free drink mixes, fresh fruit or cucumbers. I love adding cucumbers to my water during the summer. The drink is refreshing and it taste delicious!
Set short-term goals
Just like with your other weight loss efforts, the task of drinking more water will be less daunting if you set small, easy-to-reach goals. See if you can drink 20 ounces during your morning commute. Set out to drink a certain amount of water by lunchtime.
If you are guessing at how much water you’re drinking each day you may be underestimating and hindering your own weight loss! Don’t let that happen. Find an easy way to record how much you drink each day. Get a large mug that holds 30-40 ounces and fill it two or three times a day, depending on your daily goal. If you refill the same water bottle several times throughout the day, wrap an appropriate number of rubber bands around the bottle and each time you empty it remove a band. Who knows, you may be drinking more water than you imagined!
So give it a try! Add more water to your day. I drink a gallon of water a day and sometimes I will have a gallon in a half. Sounds crazy but my clean, hair and my body look better because of it. How do I track my water, simple! I carry around a gallon of water with me everywhere. I always know if I have reached my water goal for the day. I also add to crystal light packs in the gallon for extra flavor. I promise you this will make you feel better, make you go to the bathroom more (because you will pee a lot) and will help you feel full. So try it today!