Friday, December 14, 2012

Drink Water = Lose Weight!!

We all know that we can't live without water.  But did you know that just by simply drinking more of it, you could lose weight?  You can!  It is the most simple and easy thing you can do.

How Much Water?  First, you need to find out how much water you need per day.  Here is an equation that you can use to get a general idea of how much water you should be drinking.  There are varying opinions, but this is a good guideline to use. (Always talk to your doctor about how much water is right for you, your body, and activity levels).

    TIP:  If you are working out, you will need to add 2-3 more 8oz glasses of water to replenish what your body uses during a workout.  **"A study found that people who were dehydrated did three to five fewer reps while they were strength training: turns out, dehydration affects a hormone that is essential for building strong muscles. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, remember to drink an ounce of water for every 10 pounds of body weight about one or two hours before you exercise."**read article here.
   

Drink 8oz-16oz of water before every meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).  What this will do is fill you up so that you are not in danger of over-eating.  It will also "remind" you that you are trying to lose weight and eat healthier, and it will take the place of those sodas, juices and other liquid calories.

Ice please!! Drink your water cold!  When you drink cold water, your body has to use calories to bring the water to your body's temperature.  You burn calories, just by drinking cold water!! Now, this isn't a TON of calories, but hey... a calorie is a calorie, right!  And they add up over time.



When life gives you lemons... PUT THEM IN YOUR WATER!

Drinking a glass of WARM lemon water in the morning is one of the best things you can do.   Why?!?


Benefits:

BALANCES pH: Drinking lemon water everyday will reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods you can find. Lemons contain citric acid but once the body metabolizes it, it doesn't create acidity in your body.  Bodies that are more alkaline are more healthy and will help keep you from getting sick!

WEIGHT LOSS:   Lemons are high in pectin fiber.  This will help those fight hunger cravings. Studies show that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

DIGESTIONLemons aide your body in digestion.  They help rid the body of toxins. It makes the liver produce more bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. 

DIURETIC: Lemons make you need to urinate more, which helps to purify your body. Toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

SKIN:  Lemons contain vitamin C which will help to decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

COFFEE PROBLEMS:  Drinking a glass of warm lemon water has also shown a reduction in coffee cravings.  Some even say that it gives them a bigger boost than a cup of coffee.... we will have to see about this one.


**TIP:  If you are worried about the daily use of lemons on your teeth enamel, use a straw to minimize the contact of the lemon with your teeth.

We all know that water is good for us... so DRINK IT!  And you might just lose a few pounds while your at it!!




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