DRINK MORE WATER
I’m going to cut to the chase on this one. You know you could be drinking more water. Water can help with so many different things. Here are a few:
Flush out toxins
Regularity of bowel movements
Preventing headaches, back aches, cramps and even sprains
Regulates body temperature
Improves heart health
Prevents bad breath
My first rule of thumb is that you should drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water a day, MINIMUM. A gallon a day is my second rule of thumb, especially if you want to lose weight.
Now, drinking that much fluid isn’t easy. There’s access to water throughout the day, how to count ounces to make sure you’re getting enough, and the fact you may be running to the bathroom every 15 minutes. But here are a few tips to help you work towards your goal fluid count and how to get there.
Start by just tracking
Knowing how much you are or are not getting a day could be an eye opener. Get a water bottle that you know how many ounces that are in it, and set a goal every day of how many you are going to drink a day.
Build up to it
Just because I say you need to drink X amount of water a day, doesn’t mean that you’re going to start drinking that today, and forever. Set a daily goal that gets you closer to the amount you need to drink and every day slowly increase that by 5-10 ounces until you can sustain that amount and then keep working up to the ultimate goal. Using high tech or marked water bottles is super helpful.
Set alarms or get a water bottle that lights up
Reminders are great ways to create good habits. I used a Hidrate Spark Water Bottle for a while that not only sent me reminders to my phone, but the bottle itself actually lit up several times a day as a reminder to get my drink on. Use my Code LizJ10 to get 10% off yours. Find something that works for you!
Infuse your water with fruit. Add some cut up strawberries, orange, lemon, or any other flavors you like. You can even add some rosemary for an aromatic clean essence. And the best of all, you can eat the fruit once you drank all your water. Avoid Mio or other water add-ins that are just full of sugar.
If you know you will be somewhere that you’ll either not have access to water or it’s going to be $3 to buy a bottle of water, take a big pre-filled bottle with you. Dominate excuses before they become one.
No one wants to wake up every hour going to the bathroom. So front load your day by drinking 8-10 ounces right when you wake up, and be at least half way (if not most of the way) to your daily goal by lunch time.
Drink before every meal
Have 8-16 ounces of water about 15-30 minutes before each meal. You’ll add to your daily intake, and you’ll also do good for your body to help with satiation and hunger control before your next meal.
Stick to the one to one rule when drinking alcohol
For every alcoholic beverage you consume, drink one glass of 8-12 ounces of water. This will also help prevent one hell of a hangover.
Think, plan, and make it happen!
Stay hydrated, my friends!