I needed this reminder today....WATER! I know we all know that consuming water is an important part of staying healthy, but water is even more important to those of us who are either trying to lose weight or exercising frequently. Why so much water instead of soda, juice, or any other beverage? Well, first off juice is loaded with sugar, even if you make your own fresh squeezed (which is much better for you). You'll still need to figure in those extra calories for the day. Soda is carbonated so it adds a whole new twist to the mix and can cause bloating, water retention, and the urge to crave other types of sweets. If a soda a day is your treat, have at it. Just be careful and drink it in moderation. Then there is the water. The GOOD STUFF! Most people exist in a chronic state of dehydration, and this affects digestion, fat metabolism, and ability to accurately estimate hunger levels. Who knew? Incorporating smart hydration techniques into your day can contribute to weight loss. Adequate hydration boosts your energy level so that you can move more and experience a greater calorie burn. Water and hydrating also helps you feel full and teaches you to eat when you are hungry, not thirsty. Staying hydrated maximizes your calorie-burning potential and even a 1 percent dehydration level can slow your metabolism. All the more reason to drink water, right? It is recommended that the average american drink 2.5 liters of water per day. Honestly, water hasn't been a huge issue for me and has often times been my beverage of choice. I do however sometimes struggle with making sure I get enough. I've even had to get creative. Take a look!
So this is what I drink out of when I'm at home and puttering around the house.
These are my choices for when I'm headed to the gym.
How about this adorable drinking device?! I love it and it sits on my desk at work.
Whatever it takes.....get creative! And on a side note - if your urine is not pale yellow or clear, it's a good indication you are not drinking enough water.
Another option is to add a little flavor here and there. (My Aunt Shannon got me going on this one when I was there for a visit last summer.) It's called MIO. It's a perfect water enhancer with flavor minus all the extra sugar. Not to mention it doesn't have all the "no no's" other sweeteners like Crystal Light have. So, if you're up for spicing things up or just need that little extra boost to get your water in for the day, give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed. My favorite flavors are the fruit punch and berry pomegranate