Somewhere on this weight loss journey, I read that you should drink half your weight in ounces of water per day. Other research suggested drinking (8) 8 ounce glasses of water plus 8 ounces for every 25 lbs you want to lose. Sounds feasible right?
Some days I surpass my goal of 72 oz. Other days I fall drastically short drinking less than 16 ounces.
I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought that I was guzzling down gallons of water every day until I started to actually keep track of my intake.
I use bottles of water to keep up with how much I consume. On a good day, I drink up to (5) 16oz bottles of water, on a not so successful day I’m lugging around the same bottle of water all day.
Not drinking enough water could definitely be contributing to a difficulty losing weight. If your body is not adequately hydrated it will retain fluids. Causing up to 5 pounds of water weight.
So let’s take a closer look at the secret weapon to weight loss.
- After hours of sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. Drinking water after waking helps increase oxygen flow throughout the body and assists in the production of blood and muscle cells.
- Drinking a glass of water immediately after waking up in the morning jump starts your metabolism by about 24%. Staying hydrated means less strain on your liver which helps turn fat into energy.
- Water works to flush out toxins. A drink of water on an empty stomach helps to purify and lubricate your colon, making nutrients more easily absorbed. Kidneys function better when your body is well hydrated.
- Water helps you to feel and maintain the feeling of fullness. Enough said.
What should I do differently?
Make sure to drink even when you’re not thirsty. If you start to feel thirsty you’re definitely under hydrated and your body is sending the single that it needs a drink.
Drink at least 16 ounces of water with each meal. Skip the tea and other sugary drinks, making sure to replace them with water.
Let me know how it goes.