One of the great mysteries of life is this. How can you drink water (Which is heavy) and lose weight? I have pondered this many times, but over time, drinking 2 to 3 liters of water a day, will help you lose weight and keep it off. It also helps you perform better during exercise, reduces fatigue, and can even help you feel better by reducing back pain and headaches.
So if water is so good for you, is widely available and inexpensive (or in most cases free), why is it so hard to drink enough to keep hydrated through the day?
Here are my thoughts…
- Water is boring and pretty well tasteless
- Water is heavy and cumbersome to lug around
- There are a lot of better tasting competitors to take its place
- Drinking a lot of water equals a lot of bathroom trips
In my struggle to drink more water, I’ve found a few tips that make it easier to consume the necessary amount.
- Purchase some water in one liter bottles and finish one in the morning and one in the afternoon. (A case of 12 of these at Costco was under $5 )
- Refill these bottles with filtered water and add lemon or a small amount of fruit juice for flavoring. (Freezing these bottles before taking them with you, will help you have cold water for hours on a hot day.)
- Drink a large glass of water BEFORE each meal. This will reduce your appetite and improve your digestion.
- Get a Britta or other type of water filter to filter out impurities and make your water taste better.
- Track your water consumption using our Focused Fitness Planner.
Drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water a day should be a part of any fitness or diet plan. Once you make this a habit, your body will adjust and you’ll find that your bathroom trips will be reduced and you’ll feel better being properly hydrated. You might also notice a few less pounds on the scale after a few weeks.