Water – Why Do I Need It?
Everyone knows that drinking water is recommended when trying to lose weight. So what’s the big deal with water and weight loss really?
We have all seen tons of different diet plans saying to drink at least 8 glasses a water a day or a gallon of water a day, etc. But why a specific amount? And what amount is the right amount?
First and foremost your body needs water. It keeps you hydrated and is the healthiest, purest way to prevent dehydration.
It also helps fill you up so you do not feel as hungry. Water has no calories.
Water is a natural cleanser. Water is essential for your body to thrive and function properly.
You should shoot for at least 64 ounces a day minimum. You can certainly drink more than that but you should not be drinking excessive amounts in an attempt to lose weight faster.
A good range is between 64 ounces to 1 gallon of water per day.
Water and Weight Loss – Tips & Tricks
Even though you know you should drink water, sometimes it is really hard to hit that magic number of ounces per day. Here are a few tips to get yourself to drink water:
- Keep water at your desk while at work
- Take water to meetings with you
- Drink water when you are really thirsty and/or right after you workout
- Bring a bottle of water with you in the car
By having water handy and with you throughout the day, you are more apt to sip it. Before you know it, you will have hit your daily water intake or at least be closer to it without feeling like you have to guzzle water towards the end of day, which is not preferable anyhow.
The goal is to drink the water throughout the day. If you workout, you should be drinking water during and/or right after your workout to replace what your body lost while exercising.
Water and Weight Loss – Cheat Methods
Sometimes drinking water feels like a chore. You know you have to drink it, but you just don’t want water, you want something else that has some flavor to it.
Although plain old water is the best, there are some ways to cheat a bit to make it easier.
Keep in mind these “cheat methods” are not as good as regular water but if you mix them in to hit your target some of the time, then it is better than either not drinking water or drinking diet soda or sugary juices to quench your thirst.
There are lots of low calorie options if you need some “help” getting your water intake. You want to check the nutrition label. For instance, some drinks which appear to be healthy actually have a lot of sugar and calories, so be sure to read the label.
Some low calorie products on the market now:
- VitaminWater10 (which is their low calorie option)
- Powerade Zero
- Crystal Light mix (Tip: Keep some at your desk to mix into your water. There are tons of flavors to chose from to give you plenty of variety.)
These are a few examples to get you started. Keep in mind these substitutes are not as good as plain old water, but better than sugary juice or soda. Hopefully this has given you some insight into water and weight loss while also making it easier to drink more water during the day.