Monday, January 14, 2013
Back to Basics: Drink that water
Okay, okay, so I ended up making it a series! You guys encouraged it!
I'll be honest, I'm not a good water drinker. I never have been but I hope to be. I lost weight over 10 years ago and I was horrible at drinking water. I mean I was lucky to get 16 oz per day in. I really don't know what my issue with drinking it is. I don't need to flavor it because I hate flavored water. I don't drink anything other than decaf tea so it's not like I have a soda habit, diet or otherwise, to kick. But I really do want to get consistent about drinking at least 64 ounces of pure water per day.
I'm sure we all know the usual benefits of drinking water but let's highlight them as a reminder, shall we?
We often mistake thirst for hunger. Yeah, I thought it was a load too but more often than not a couple of chugs of my water bottle when my stomach is starting to growl an hour or two after a meal has stifled the beast.
Drinking water reduces water retention. I know it sounds weird or even contradictory in logic but it's true. So if you've got that time o' the month bloat or you're feeling bloated for other reasons, drink up buttercup!
Flushes out post workout toxins. Burning calories creates toxins in your body and drinking water helps send those bad boys on their way.
Water helps fiber do it's job. You could be getting plenty of fiber in but if you're not drinking enough water to help it scoot along, you're constipated and what fun is that?
Dehydration = bad. When you're dehydrated the fat burning process slows down. It also reduced blood volume which reduces oxygen to your muscles and makes you tired.
Happy muscles and joints. Hydrated muscles and joints are more lubricated and therefore less sore after you work them.
Aids in weight loss. A recent study showed middle aged and older dieters who drank 16 oz of water 20 minutes before each meal lost 44% more weight than those who didn't and a year later had kept it off where the other participants gained 2 lbs. We started incorporating this one yesterday and I'm really hoping it gives us a little boost. Of course I know I need to maintain this habit in order for it to work so that will be the real test.
So those should be enough reasons to hop on the water wagon as far as I'm concerned!
What about you? Does your water intake need a boost? How much do you drink per day?
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