The first question people always ask me is, “what is the best way to lose weight?” Although I can make that simple question extremely complicated…the simplest and best answer is to drink more water.
Did you know that…
- 70% of the adult human body is made up of water?
- our blood is made up of 80% water and water is needed to make healthy red blood cells
- our bones are made up of 50% water and water is needed to make healthy new bone cells
- you can only live one week without water compared to 1 month without food?
- water helps maintain healthy body weight because it increases metabolism and helps to regulate appetite?
- water increases energy levels?
- water decreases the risk of many cancers?
- water can reduce joint and back pain through lubrication?
- water flushes toxins that cause disease?
- water aids in digestion and prevents constipation?
- just a 2% reduction in hydration leads to fatigue and diminished cognitive function?
- it also leads to a rise in the stress hormone, Cortisol, which is responsible for weight gain?
- eight 8oz glasses of water a day is just a myth?
Q: So now that you know why drinking water is so important, how do you know if you are drinking enough?
A: You can tell by the color of your urine. If your urine is straw-colored, you’re doing great!
I keep a bottle of water with me at all times and am drinking all through the day. I do not drink soda (except on a rare occasion), I limit my coffee to one cup in the morning, and if I need to have some flavor I add some lemon juice or use crystal light in my water.
For all of you who say you can’t drink so much water; I say…yes you can you just don’t want to! The body needs and craves water. When you feel hungry, it’s most likely that you are really thirsty! Just think of how many calories you could save by drinking a tall glass of water!
According to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition around 37 percent of our total daily liquid calories come from sugar-sweetened drinks. Just to break that down for you…if you are eating a 2000 calorie diet, you’d be drinking 740 of those calories. WHAT? Is it so surprising that 65% of the population is overweight or obese? Just taking these empty calories out of your diet could save you from putting on one pound of fat every 5 days!
SO…ditch those empty calorie drinks, drink more water, and see if you don’t drop some weight.