Weight Loss and Water, Some Helpful Tips

We don’t need to look any further than the advances that has taken place in technology and in our way of life to have an explanation for the problems we are experiencing with weight. There was a time when all work involved some kind of physical activity, we walked where we wanted to go, or rode a horse. we also used to get out more and engaged in physical activities because that was how we kept ourselves entertained.

Now everything has changed. We drive or ride the subway, we sit at a desk all day or at the computer. Our lifestyle no longer encourages us to get the kind of exercise we need to keep in shape.  Here are some simple tips to help you achieve your objective.

In any weight loss regime, watching what you drink is the easiest way to loose that first 10 pounds. Let’s not forget how remarkable water is, over 66% of our body weight is water. This is why it is important that you pay attention to your water intake when you are dealing with weight control.
Here are 12 useful water tips;

  • Make sure you drink lots of water.  Water “does a body good” and your body needs it to flush out all the toxins. With the toxins flushed out the body looks and feels healthier. Ridding your body of toxins makes you feel fit and this can help to motivate you to loose weight. Drinking lots of water helps you to deal with hunger so you eat less. Try this, the next time you feel hungry, have a glass of water instead. Often times you are really dehydrated rather thank hungry. A good way to ensure that you drink the required amount of water per day is to buy a jug that will hold 8 glasses.
  • Make a glass of water be the first thing you have in the morning.  The benefits of this are two fold. First, a glass of water will wake up your digestive juices and get them ready to work. Second it will prevent you from eating too large a meal at breakfast time. There is nothing wrong with having your regular coffee or tea, but be sure you have a glass of water as well. You may want to watch the amount of coffee and tea you consume as caffeine dehydrates you.
  • Before you sit down to have a meal, have a glass of water. It will ensure that you do not over eat.
  • Have some water while you are eating as well. This helps your food to settle thereby causing you to feel full faster.
  • All sodas are sweetened with lots of sugar.  Also, diet soda is still soda.  If you drink a soda, counteract it with a glass of water.  Remember, caffeine dehydrates you as well.
  • We often think we are doing ourselves a favor when we drink fruit juice instead of sodas. Actually we are not, as fruit juices contain a lot of sugar. If you want a glass of juice try fresh fruit juice instead of processed juice that has a lot of sugar, flavoring and coloring. In addition to natural juices try eating more fruits as they provide the body with much needed fiber and vitamins in addition to tasting good.
  • Do not drink too much tea and coffee and when you do, try not to add too much cream and sugar. The amounts that you use may look small but it adds up over time. Try to switch to green tea, which is a much healthier alternative.
  • Try to drink your tea and coffee black. There are actually health benefits to be derived from both in their natural state. When you are done drinking them you should treat yourself to a healthy glass of water.
  • Try to avoid beer which is especially fattening.
  • In general try to stay away from alcohol. When you do indulge try to stick to dry wine as it is better than sweet wines which have a lot of sugar.
  • An anecdotal word on coffee. There is no scientific basis for this but persons have reported that they loose more weight when they consume black coffee before working out. .We don’t know if it works but it may not hurt to try. Just don’t use it as a substitute for water while you work out.
  • Also if you are a coffee drinker you may want to cut down on the amount of coffee you consume. While caffeine has natural fat burning effects,  too much and the body will become desensitized.