Who knew? Water is one of the most important things you can do for yourself if you are trying to lose weight. Drinking water is so beneficial in so many ways, whether you are on a weight loss journey or not. But I can’t stress enough why they (we’re still trying to figure out who they are) stress the importance of water. I’m just the messenger. And with proof of how making sure you drink enough water can help you lose weight.
Just how does water help you lose weight?
3 Ways Water Will Help You Lose Weight
You can’t be running around dehydrated. If you have any of these symptoms: dry mouth, headache, dizziness, or dry skin – you are most likely dehydrated. You don’t want to get to this point. You are not only sabotaging your weight loss, but you could be causing yourself – your body – stress that isn’t healthy for anyone. You need to stay hydrated. You should be drinking at least 64 oz. of water each day. If you need to keep track of it, do so. This will only serve to benefit you long term. May sure you are getting your daily water intake to stay hydrated and on track.
Those of us who are on our weight loss surgery journeys know how quickly our belly can fill up. We are also not supposed to drink before meals, during, or after, for at least 30 minutes. This is on purpose, to ensure we are getting our calories in each day. But making sure you are drinking enough water may also keep you from going over your calorie goal, as well. You know how much you should be eating, you know how much you should be drinking. Find the healthy balance and enjoy dropping pounds by eating and drinking smartly for your life.
This one is huge. Water does keep things moving inside your body. Moving on out of there, too. Water will help you stay on a normal bowel movement schedule, causing you to enjoy the go, knowing you are getting rid of all the toxins you take in (not simply what you eat, but a whole lot more) on a daily basis. Water can keep you regular and from having constipation (WLS-ers, it’s no fun, as you know) and if you are enjoying the go, you may thank yourself for getting the appropriate amount of water in, each day.
So. Just how easy is it to get your water in?
- Get a gallon jug (128 oz. is standard) and fill it to the desired amount. Pace yourself but know that this is your daily goal, to drink from that jug until it is empty.
- Use measured cups/glasses. Invest in a good water bottle or three, that has measurements right on it, to track your fluid intake.
- Track your fluids. Here are three ways you can do this easily, ensuring you are getting your recommended daily amount of water.
Keep your water near you at all times. You can’t become dehydrated if you are sipping sipping sipping all day long. If you struggle with this at first, set a timer to remind you when to drink. It may be annoying, but it works. And after a time, you may not need that every few minutes reminder.
I have personally seen the benefits of getting enough water, each day. When I’m on top of my daily goal, I feel better, look better (water is wonderful for the skin), and in general know that everything is working properly inside of me – all those squishy parts working together with the fluids to keep you healthy.
Just how much water should you be drinking?
This here is a tough question to answer. For trillions of years, the daily goal was to drink 64 oz. (I’m probably exaggerating on the trillion part) of water. Then some folks (we’ll call them they) thought it would be smart to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. For some of us, that can be a daunting task. And, please note, you can drown from drinking too much water at any one time.
So this, as with anything, is all about finding the healthy balance and making sure you stick to it.
My best daily water intake advice?
- DO drink at least 64 oz. per day.
- DO track your water intake if you feel it is necessary to keep you focused.
- DON’T think you are drinking too much, unless you are taking it in all at once.
This, as with many things in life, is a challenge. But getting your daily water in can be an easy challenge to overcome. And it can only benefit you in so many healthy ways. So why wouldn’t you do it?
Drink your water, be healthy, and reap the rewards of being on a healthy path – in weight loss and in life.
For your health and mine,
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