Do you drink enough water? The formula that I have been hearing a lot the past couple of years is to take your weight, divide it by two, and that number is the number of ounces you should be drinking daily. Plus, you need to add extra if you’re working out a ton and really sweating. I first started my weight-loss journey 23 months ago at 217.8 pounds… And I was lucky if I got in 20 ounces of water a day. I now weigh around 168 and I try to get 96 ounces a day. And there are days when I am THIRSTY, so I drink way more than that. When I first started out, I never would have ever thought it was even possible to drink that much water. But, as you increase your intake, your body gets used to actually being hydrated, and you actually start to crave more and more water. I can now tell when I haven’t had enough… And sometimes, I can even tell when I am feeling “hungry” because I’m actually starting to get dehydrated. Yep, hunger is a symptom of dehydration! It’s actually one of the first. Who knew??!
For more symptoms of dehydration, check out this link:
Now, what do you do if you are not used to drinking water, or maybe can’t stand the “taste” of it? Here are some of my tips:
- My number one tip is to use a system that keeps track of how many bottles you’ve had to drink. I have a favorite type of bottle because it has a dial that you can turn on it to keep track of how many times you’ve filled it. And it comes in all sorts of colors! I have four, I think. Lol. http://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Nissan-Intak-Hydration-Bottle/dp/B001EGGQB6
- An option for those of you who don’t like the taste of water is to add fruit to your water bottle. (Or to a pitcher of water you keep in the fridge) Berries, watermelon, citrus fruits, cucumber, mint… The options are pretty much endless. And I have even now seen water bottles that are specifically designed for this purpose, that have a compartment that you put the fruit in so it infuses your water, but you don’t end up eating it and can use it for a refill. http://www.amazon.com/AdNArt-BTA711-Tritan-Flavor-Bottle/dp/B00CJBL5PM This is just one of MANY that I’ve seen, including some that are water pitchers instead of bottles.
- One last suggestion is for if you’re looking for a special drink, or really craving soda. I have two words for you… Sparkling water. You can add the fruits, like I mentioned above, and have a delicious fizzy drink without the added sugar (and chemicals!) of soda!
Does anyone else have any other suggestions? What’s your favorite way to drink your h2o?